Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom

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Christa Davis Acampora, Angela L. Cotten
SUNY Press, Jun 5, 2008 - Philosophy - 315 pages
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Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul explores innovative approaches to analyzing cultural productions through which women of color have challenged and undermined social and political forces that work to oppress them. Emphasizing art-making practices that emerge out of and reflect concrete lived experience, leading contributors to the fields of contemporary psychoanalytic literary analysis, Latin American studies, feminist theory, Native Women’s studies, Africana studies, philosophy, and art history examine the relationship between the aesthetic and the political.

The focus of the book is on the idea of aesthetic agency through which one develops different modes of expression and creative practices that facilitate personal and social transformation. Aesthetic agency is liberating in a broad sense—it not only frees our creative capacities but also expands our capacity for joy and our abilities to know, to judge, and to act. Artists considered include Nadema Agard, Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Coco Fusco, Diane Glancy, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Toni Morrison, MeShell Ndegéocello, Marcie Rendon, Ntozake Shange, Lorna Simpson, Roxanne Swentzell, Regina Vater, Kay Walking Stick, and Carrie Mae Weems.
 

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Contents

Writing the Xicanista Ana Castillo and the Articulation of Chicana Feminist Aesthetics
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Everday Revolutions Shifting Power and Feminine Genius in Julia Alvarezs Fiction
47
Authorizing Desire Erotic Poetics and the Aisthesis of Freedom in Morrison and Shange
59
MeShell Ndegeocello Musical Articulations of Black Feminism
81
Portraits of the Past Imagined Now Reading the Work of Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson
103
The Coloniality of Embodiment Coco Fuscos Postcolonial Genealogies and Semiotic Agonistics
141
Pueblo Sculptor Roxanne Swentzell Forming a Wise Generous and Beautiful I Am
161
The Syncretism of Native American Latin American and African American Womens Art Visual Expressions of Feminism the Environment Spiritualit...
181
Dalit Womens Literature A Sense of the Struggle
197
The Role of Place in Hew Zealand Maori Songs of Lament
213
Theater Near Us Librarians Culture and Space in the Harlem Renaissance
231
Into the Sacred Circle Out of the Melting Pot ReLocations and homecomings in Native Womens Theater
247
Works Cited
265
About the Contributors
283
Index
287
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Christa Davis Acampora is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, the City University of New York.

Angela L. Cotten is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. They are the coeditors of Cultural Sites of Critical Insight: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and African American and Native American Women's Writings, also published by SUNY Press.

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