Writing Beyond Race
Living Theory and Practice
By bell hooks
Routledge – 2013 – 200 pages
What are the conditions needed for our nation to bridge cultural and racial divides? By "writing beyond race," noted cultural critic bell hooks models the constructive ways scholars, activists, and readers can challenge and change systems of domination.
In the spirit of previous classics like Outlaw Culture and Reel to Real, this new collection of compelling essays interrogates contemporary cultural notions of race, gender, and class. From the films Precious and Crash to recent biographies of Malcolm X and Henrietta Lacks, hooks offers provocative insights into the way race is being talked about in this "post-racial" era.
1. introduction 2. racism: naming what hurts 3. moving past blame: embracing diversity 4. solidarity: women and race relations 5. help wanted: re-imagining the past 6. interrogating: the reinvention of Malcolm X 7. tragic biography: resurrecting Henrietta Lacks 8. a path away from race: on spiritual conversion 9. talking trash: a dialogue about Crash 10.a pornography of violence: the movie Precious 11. a community of caring 12. bonding across boundaries 13. everyday resistance: saying no to white supremacy 14. against mediocrity 15. black self-determination 16. ending racism: working for change 17. writing beyond race 18. the practice of love
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.