A Multidisciplinary Bibliography
The Arts and HumanitiesAt its worst...mass culture can cajole us into buying what we've already got too much of: racism, sexism, American chauvinism, loving the rich and hating the poor.
Adichie, Chimamanda, Ngozi. We Should All be Feminists. New York: Anchor Books, 2014.
Alexander, Elizabeth. Black Interior: Essays. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2004.
. "'Can You Be Black and Look at This?': Reading the Rodney King Video(s)." Public Culture 7 (1994): 77-94. Reprinted in Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art, Ed. Thelma Golden, (New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1994). Reprinted in The Black Public Sphere: A Public Culture Book, ed. Black Sphere Collective. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Berlant, Lauren. "America, 'Fat,' the Fetus." Boundary 2 21, no. 3 (1994):145-195.
. "'68, or Something." Critical Inquiry 21, no. 1 (1994).
. "National Brands/National Body: Imitation of Life." In Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, ed Hortense J. Spillers. New York: Routledge, 1991.
. "Talking Back." Discourse 8 (1986-87): 123-128.
"Black Feminism Goes Viral." Ebony. 69, no. 4 (March 2014): 126-131.
Bliss, James. "Black Feminism Out of Place." InSigns: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 41, no. 4 (2016): 727-749.
Bowen, Angela. "Take Your Pageant and Shove It." In Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed, ed. Diane Bell and Renate Klein. North Melbourne, Australia: Spinifex Press, 1996. Originally published in Village Voice (8 November 1983).
Brody, Jennifer DeVere. Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity, and Victorian Culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998.
Brock, Rochelle. "Recovering From 'Yo mama is so stupid': (En)gendering a Critical Paradigm on Black Feminist Theory and Pedagogy." Internatonal Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24, no. 3 (May-June 2011): 379-396.
Broeck, Sabine. Enslavement as Regime of Western Modernity: Re-reading Gender Studies Epistemology Through Black Feminist Critique. Gender Forum: An Internet Journal of Gender Studies 22 (2008). Accessed 6 October 2010.
Brown, Ruth Nicole. Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
Byrd, Ayana. "Claiming Jezebel: Black Female Subjectivity and Sexual Expression in Hip Hop." In The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism. New York: Anchor Books, 2004.
Campbell, Cathy. "A Battered Woman Rises: Aunt Jemima's Corporate Makeover." The Village Voice 7 November 1989, 45-46.
Carby, Hazel V. Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America. New York: Verso, 1999.
Carby, Hazel V. Race Men. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Cleage, Pearl. Deals With the Devil and other Reasons to Riot. New York: Ballantine, 1993.
. "Hairpiece." African American Review 27, no. 1 (1993): 37-41.
Collins, Patricia Hill. "Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity.&quoot; In Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism. New York: Routledge, 2004.
.Get Your Freak On: Sex, Babies, and Images of Black Femininity" In Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender and the New Racism. New York: Routledge, 2004.
. "Who's Going On?: Black Feminist Thought and the Politics of Postmodernism." In Working the Ruins: Feminist Poststructural Theory and Methods in Education, eds. Elizabeth A. St. Pierre and Wanda S. Pillow. New York Routledge, 2000.
Craig, Maxine Leeds. Ain't I a Beauty Queen?: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Davis, Adrienne D.and Stephanie M. Wildman"The Legacy of Doubt: The Treatment of Sex and Race in the Hill Thomas Hearing." In Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, ed. Adrien Katherine Wing. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Davis, Angela Y. "Afro-Images: Politics, Fashion, and Nostalgia." In Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity, ed. Becky Thompson, and Sangeeta Tyagi. New York: Routledge, 1996. Originally published in Critical Inquiry 21, no. 1 (1994). Reprinted in Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography, ed. Deborah Willis, (New York: New Press, 1994).
. "Black Nationalism: The Sixties and the Nineties." Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace, ed. Gina Dent. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.
duCille, Ann. "Black Barbie and the Deep Play of Difference." In Feminism and Cultural Studies, ed. Morag Shiach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Reprinted in The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, ed. Amelia Jones (New York: Routledge, 2003).
. "Domesticity and the Demon Mother: A Review Essay of Sorts." In Burning Down the House: Recycling Domesticity, ed. Rosemary Marangoly George. Bolder, CO: Westview Press, 1998.
. "Dyes and Dolls: Multicultural Barbie and the Mechanism of Difference." In differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 6 (Spring 1994): 46-68. Reprinted in The British-American Reader, ed. Gita Rajan, (London: Longman's, 1994).
. "The Intricate Fabric of Feeling: Romance and Resistance in Their Eyes WereWatching God." The Zora Neale Hurston Forum 4, no. 2 (1990): 1-16
. "'Othered' Matters: Reconceptualizing Dominance and Difference in the History of Sexuality." Journal of the History of Sexuality 1 (1990): 102-127.
. "Postcoloniality and Afrocentricity: Discourse and Dat Course." In Black Columbiad: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture, edited by Werner Sollors and Maria Deidrich. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994.
. "The Short Happy Life of Black Feminist Theory." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 21, no. 1 (2010): 32-47.
. Skin Trade.Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press, 1996.
. "The Unbearable Darkness of Being: Fresh Thoughts on Race, Sex and the Simpsons. In Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and the Spectacle of the O.J. Simpson Case, eds. Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour .New York: Pantheon, 1997.
Durham, Aisha. Home with Hip Hop Feminism. New York: Peter Lang, 2014
Edwards, Erica R. "The Black President Hokum." American Quarterly 63, no. 1 (Mar 2001): 33-59.
Gillespie, Marcia Ann. " Mirror Mirror." In The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, ed. Rose Weitz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998
. "The Possee Rides Again." In Radically Speaking: Reclaiming Feminism, ed. Diane Bell and Renate Klein. North Melbourne, Australia: Spinifex Press, 1996.
Gilman, Sander. "Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature." In Race, Writing, and Difference, ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr.Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. Reprinted in The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, ed. Amelia Jones (New York: Routledge, 2003).
Grayson, Deborah. "Is It Fake? Black Women's Hair as Spectacle and spec(tac)ular." Camera Obscura 36 (1995): 13-31.
Hammonds, Evelyn. "Toward a Black Feminist Aesthetic." Sojourner 7 (January 1982).
Haug, Kate. "Myth and Matriarchy: An Analysis of the Mammy Stereotyp". In Dirt and Domesticity: Constructions of the Feminine. New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1992.
Henderson, Mae Gwendolyn. "Rethinking Black (Cultural ) Studies. Part 1." Introduction. Callaloo 19, no. 1 (1996): 55-93.
, ed. Introduction to Borders Boundaries, and Frames. New York: Routledge, 1995.
. Introduction to White Rat, by Gayl Jones. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1991.
'Where by the way is the train going?': A Case for (Re)Framing Black Cultural Studies." Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 27, no1 (1994): 42-50.
Hobson, Janell. Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture. New York: Routledge, 2005.
Holland, Sharon Patricia. Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
hooks, bell. "Black is a Woman's Color." Callaloo 12, no. 3 (1989).
. Black Looks: Race and Representation.Boston: South End Press, 1992.
. "Dialectically Down with the Critical Program." In Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace, ed. Gina Dent. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.
. "Feminism Inside: Toward a Black Body Politic." In Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, ed. Thelma Golden. New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1994.
. "Feminism - It's a Black Thing!" Essence (July 1992): 124.
. Killing Rage: Ending Racism. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.
. Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations. New York: Routledge, 1994.
. "Seduced by Violence No More.": In Transforming a Rape Culture. Revised Edition. eds. Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher and Martha Roth. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editons, 2005.
. "Selling Hot Pussy." In The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behaviour, ed Rose Weitz. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
. "Simple Living: An Antidote to Hedonistic Materialism." In Black Genius: African American Solutions to African American Problems, ed. Walter Mosley. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
. "Straightening Our Hair." Zeta Magazine, September 1988, 33-37.
. "When Men Were Men." Shambhala Sun 7, no. 1 (September 1998): 19-20.
. Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics. Boston: South End Press, 1990.
James, Joy. "Foreward: 'Tragedy Fatique' and 'Aesthetic Agency'." Umaking Race, Remaking Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom, eds Christa Davis Acampora and Angela L. Cotton. Albany: State University of New York, 2007.
. "Searching for a Tradition: African-American Women Writers, Activists, and Interracial Rape Cases." In Black Women in America, ed. Kim Marie Vaz. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
Jerkins, Morgan. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America. New York: Harper Collins, 2018.
Jones, Lisa. Bulletproof Diva: Tales of Race, Sex and Hair. New York: Doubleday, 1994.
Jordan, Emma Coleman. "Race, Gender, and Social Class in the Thomas Sexual Harassment Hearings: The Hidden Fault Lines in Political Discourse." In Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, ed. Adrien Katherine Wing. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Joseph, Ralina. "'Tyra Banks is Fat': Reading (Post-)racism and (Post-)feminism in the New Millennium." Critical Studies in Media Communication 26, no. 3 (August 2009): 237-254.
King, Toni C. ""Who's That Lady?" Ebony Magazine and Black Professional Women". In Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s, ed. Sherrie A. Inness. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
McBride, Dwight A. "On Race, Gender and Power: The Case of Anita Hill." In Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality. New York: New York University Press, 2005.
Meyers, Marian. African American Women in the News: Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism. New York: Routledge, 2013
Miller-Young, Mireille. "Hip-Hop Honeys and Da Hustlaz: Black Sexualities in the New Hip Hop." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalsim 8, no. 1 (2008): 261-292.
Morgan, Joan. "Baby's Mama." Essence August 1997, 84-86.
. "A Blackwoman's Guide to the Tyson Trial." The Village Voice 3 March 1992, 37-.
. "Fly-Girls, Bitches, Hos: Notes From a Hip-Hop Feminist." The Village Voice 13 February 1996, 32-33.
. "An Interview with Joan Morgan." Interview by Faedra Chatard Carpenter. Callaloo 29, no. 3 (2006): 764-772.
. "The Pro-Rape Culture." The Village Voice 9 May 1989, 39-40.
. When the Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
Morgan, Marcyliena, "Hip-Hop Women Shredding the Veil: Race and Class in Popular Feminist Identity." South Atlantic Quarterly 104, no. 3 (2005): 425-444.
Morrison, Toni. ed. Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality, New York: Pantheon, 1992.
Morrison, Toni and Claudia Brodsky, eds. Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case. New York: Pantheon, 1997.
Nelson, Jill. "Back Talk: Hill Versus Thomas." Essence December 1991.
. "Fighting the Right." Women's Review of Books July 1995, 8-9.
. "Pass on Paula." Ms. May-June 1998.
. "Stumbling Upon a Race Secret." New York Times 28 November 1998, A15.
Nicola-McLaughlin, Andree. "White Power, Black Despair: Vanessa Williams in Babylon." The Black Scholar 16, no. 2 (1985): 32-39.
Norman, Brian. "'We' in Redux: The Combahee River Collective's Black Feminist Statement." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 18, no. 2 (2007): 103-132.
Okazawa-Rey, Margo, Tracy Robinson, and Jamie Victoria Ward. "Black Women and the Politics of Skin Color and Hair." Women's Studies Quarterly 15, nos. 1-2 (1987): 13-14.
Omolade, Barbara. "Black Codes and Racial Dramas: The Central Park Jogger Case." The Rising Song of African American Women. New York: Routledge, 1994.
. "Black Men, Black Women and Tawana Brawley: The Shared Condition." The Rising Song of African American Women. New York: Routledge, 1994.
Pough, Gwendolyn D. Check it While I Wreck it: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.
Ransby, Barbara and Tracye Matthews. "Black Popular Culture and the Transcendence of Patriarchal Illusions." In Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, ed. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. New York: New Press, 1995. Originally published in Race and Class 35, no. 1 (1993): 57-68.
Rifkin, Mark. "'A Home Made Sacred by Protecting Laws': Black Activist Homemaking and Geographies of Citizenship in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Diffrences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 18, no. 2 (2007): 72-102.
Roberts, Dorothy. " Crime, Race and Reproduction." Tulane Law Review 67 (June 1993): 1945+.
Rose, Tricia. "Black Texts/Black Contexts." In Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace, ed. Gina Dent. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.
. "Rap Music and the Demononization of Young Black Males." In Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art, ed. Thelma Golden. New York: Whitney Museum of Art, 1994.
Scott, Patricia Bell. "The English Language and Black Womanhood: A Low Blow at Self-Esteem." The Journal of Afro-American Issues 2, no. 3 (1974): 218-225.
Sharp, Christine Elizabeth. "Racialized Fantasies on the Internet." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 24, no. 4 (1999): 1089-1138.
Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women. New York: New York University Press, 2007.
Shelton, Marla. "Whitney is Every Woman?: Cultural Politics and the Pop Star." Camera Obscura 36 (1995): 135-153.
Smith, Valerie. Split Affinities: The Case of Interracial Rape." In Theorizing Feminism: Parallel Trends in the Humanities and Social Sciences, eds. Anne C. Hermann, and Abigail J. Stewart. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1994. Reprinted in Not Just Race, Not Just Gender: Black Feminist Readings (New York: Routledge, 1998).
Spellers, Regina. "The Kink Factor: A Womanist Discourse Analysis of African American Mother/Daughter Perspectives on Negotiating Black Hair/Body Politics." In Understanding African American Rhetoric: Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations, eds. Ronald L. Jackson II and Elaine B. Richardson. New York: Routledge, 2003.
Squires, Catherine. "Popular Sentiments and Black Women's Studies: The Scholarly and Experiential Divide." Black Women, Gender & Families 1, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 74-93.
Stallings, L.H. Mutha' is Half a Word: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2007.
Steiner, Linda. "New York Times Coverage of Anita Hill as a Female Cipher." In Mediated Women: Representations in Popular Culture, ed. Marian Meyers. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1999.
Taylor, Kim A. "Invisible Woman: Reflections on the Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings." In Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, ed. Adrien Katherine Wing. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Thompson, Jennifer Berlinda. "No Cause for Joy: A Womanist Response to the O.J. Trial and Its Aftermath." The Black Scholar 25, no. 4 (1995): 56-59.
Tinsley, Omise'eke Natasha. Black Feminism Lite? More Like Beyonce Has Taught Us Black Feminism Light, UT News, 20, November 2014.
. Colorisim is a Feminist issue. Ms. Magazine, 1 February 2016. Accessed 11/26/19.
Walker, Alice. "In the Closet of the Soul." In Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, ed. Beverly Guy-Sheftall. New York: New Press, 1995. First published in Living by the Word (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988).
. "Oppressed Hair Puts a Ceiling on the Brain." Ms. Magazine June 1988, 51-53.
Wallace, Michele. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman. New York: Dial, 1978. Reprint edition, (New York: Verso, 1990).
. Dark Designs and Visual Culture . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
. "For Whom the Bell Tolls: Why America Can't Deal With Black Feminist Intellectuals." Voice Literary Supplement, 7 November 1995, 19-24.
. "Hottentot Venus." The Village Voice 21 May 1996, 31.
. "Invisibility Blues." In The Graywolf Annual Five: Multicultural Literacy, eds. Rick Simonson and Scott Walker. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1988; Originally published in Zeta Magazine, (June 1988): 17-21
. Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory. New York: Verso, 1990.
. "Kithchen Table Blues." The Village Voice 31 October 1995, 38-39.
. "Let's Get Serious." The Village Voice 31 October 1995, 40.
. "Masculinity in Black Popular Culture: Could it Be That Political Correctness is the Problem." In Constructing Masculinity, eds.Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, and Simon Watson.New York: Routledge, 1995.
. "Negative Images: Towards a Black Feminist Cultural Criticism. "In The Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Simon During. New York: Routledge, 1993. Originally published in Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory (New York: Verso, 1990). Reprinted in Feminist Communication Theory: Selections in Context, eds. Lana F. Rakow, and Laura A. Wackwitz, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004).
. "Out of Step with The Million Man March." Ms.January-February 1996, 22.
. "Pictures Can Lie." The Village Voice 2 April 1996, 25.
. "The Search for the 'Good Enough' Mammy: Multiculturalism. Popular Culture and Psychoanalysis." In Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader, ed. David Theo Goldberg. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1994.
. "The Thomas-Hill Affair: Storytellers." The Village Voice 22 October, 1991, 29.
. "Whose Town? Questioning Community and Identity." Aperture no. 127 (Spring 1992): 31-39.
Weathers, Natalie R. "Braided Sculptures and Smokin' Combs." Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women 8, no. 1 (1991): 58-61.
Weheliye, Alexander. Habeas Vicus: Racilaizing Asssemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Weston, Crystal H. "Orenthal James Simpson and Gender, Class, and Race: In that Order." In Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, ed. Adrien Katherine Wing. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Williams, Patricia. "American Kabuki." In Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case, eds. Toni Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour. New York: Pantheon, 1997.
. "The Death of Profane: (a commentary on the genre of legal writing)." In Feminism and Cultural Studies, ed Morag Shiach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Originally published in The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991).
. "Mediations on Masculinity." In Constructing Masculinity, eds.Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, and Simon Watson. New York: Routledge, 1995.
. Roosters Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995.
. "Spare Parts, Family Values, Old Children, Cheap." In Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, ed. Adrien Katherine Wing. Second Edition. New York: New York Univeristy Press, 2003.
Williams-Forson, Psyche A. Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power. Chapil Hill: University of California Press, 2006.
Williamson, Terrion L. Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017
Willis, Cheryl M. "Black Women Hoofers: Tapping Their Rhythms and Telling Their Stories." Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women 8, no. 2 (1994): 20-26.
Willis, Deborah, ed. Black Venus 2010: They Called Her Hottentot. Philadelphia: Temple Universtiy Press, 2010.
Witt, Doris. Black Hunger: Food and the Politics of U.S. Identity. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
. "What (N)ever Happened to Aunt Jemima: Eating Disorders, Fetal Rights, and Black Female Appetite in Contemporary American Culture." In Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.
Worteck, Susan Willand. "Forever Free: Art by African-American Women. 1862-1980: An Exhibition." Feminist Studies 8, no. 1 (1982): 97-108.
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