Bell hooks

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bell hooks, born September 25, 1952, is a U.S. Black feminist social critic best known for her critique of, and strategy against, what she terms "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy". She is currently Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York and in addition to frequent speaking engagements has taught at Yale and Oberlin College.

Born Gloria Watkins, she uses the name bell hooks (spelled without capitals) to honor her mother and grandmother. In 1973, she graduated Stanford University, following that with a degree from University of Wisconsin in 1976 and with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1983.

She believes, among other things, that many current social issues (especially race, gender, sex, class, and sexual orientation) are inextricably interconnected, and that positive social change requires confronting them "as a whole".

She is also Buddhist, and many of her writings and interviews deal with Buddhism.

Books by hooks include:

  • Ain't I a Woman ?: Black women and feminism (1981) ISBN 089608129X
  • Feminist Theory from Margin to Center (1984)
  • Talking Back: thinking feminist, thinking black (1989)
  • Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics (1990)
  • Breaking Bread: insurgent Black intellectual life (1991) (with Cornel West)
  • Black Looks: race and representation (1992)
  • Sisters of the Yam: black women and self-recovery (1993)
  • Teaching to Transgress: education as the practice of freedom (1994)
  • Outlaw Culture: resisting representations (1994)
  • Art on My Mind: visual politics (1995)
  • Killing Rage: ending racism (1995)
  • Bone Black: memories of girlhood (1996)
  • Reel to Real: race, sex, and class at the movies (1996)
  • Wounds of Passion: a writing life (1997)
  • Happy to be Nappy (1999) (a children's book, illustrated by Christopher Raschka) ISBN 0786804270
  • Remembered Rapture: the writer at work (1999)
  • Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000)
  • Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003) ISBN 0415968178

Essays by hooks:

  • Postmodern Blackness (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Articles_Gen/Postmodern_Blackness_18270.html)

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