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2nd Edition

Talking Back
Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

ISBN 9781138821736
Published November 3, 2014 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

In childhood, bell hooks was taught that "talking back" meant speaking as an equal to an authority figure and daring to disagree and/or have an opinion. In this collection of personal and theoretical essays, hooks reflects on her signature issues of racism and feminism, politics and pedagogy. Among her discoveries is that moving from silence into speech is for the oppressed, the colonized, the exploited, and those who stand and struggle side by side, a gesture of defiance that heals, making new life and new growth possible.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition  1. Introduction: Some Opening Remarks  2. Talking Back  3. "When I was a young soldier for the revolution": Coming to Voice  4. Feminism: A Transformational Politic  5. On Self-Recovery  6. Feminist Theory: A Radical Agenda  7. Feminist Scholarship: Ethical Issues  8. Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy  9. Black and Female: Reflections on Graduate School  10. On Being Black at Yale: Education as the Practice of Freedom  11. Keeping Close to Home: Class and Education  12. Violence in Intimate Relationship: A Feminist Perspective  13. Feminism and Militarism: A Comment 14. Pedagogy and Political Commitment: A Comment  15. Feminist Politicization: A Comment  16. Overcoming White Supremacy: A Comment  17. Homophobia in Black Communities  18. Feminist Focus on Men: A Comment  19. "Whose pussy is this": A Feminist Comment  20. Black Women Writing: Creating More Space  21. Ain't I A Woman: Looking Back  22. Writing Autobiography  23. To Gloria, Who Is She: On Using a Pseudonym  24. Interview  25. Black Women and Feminism

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A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.


Praise for the book:

"On the one hand, [Talking Back] is a political treatise of the Black feminist movement as it grapples with the contradictions of class, gender, and sexual relations; on the other, it is a deeply intimate account of personal and political maturation within that framework." —Melba Wilson, Feminist Review (1989)