Author(s): Bell Hooks
According to the Washington Post, no one who cares about contemporary African-American cultures can ignore bell hooks' electrifying feminist explorations.
Targeting cultural icons as diverse as Madonna and Spike Lee, Outlaw Culture presents a collection of essays that pulls no punches. As hooks herself notes, interrogations of popular culture can be a 'powerful site for intervention, challenge and change'. And intervene, challenge and change is what hooks does best.
'[hooks] made a choice to write for the largest possible audience, to change the greatest number of lives.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
bell hooks (b. 1951) is mainly known as a feminist thinker, although her writings cover a broad range of topics on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture. She is Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York.
Introduction: The Heartbeat of Cultural Revolution; 1. Power to the Pussy - We don't Wannabe Dicks in Drag; 2. Altars of Sacrifice - Re-membering Basquiat; 3. What's Passion Got to Do With It ? An Interview with Marie-France Alderman; 4. Seduction and Betrayal - The Crying Game Meets The Bodyguard; 5. Censorship from Left and Right; 6. Talking Sex - Beyond the Patriarchal Phallic Imaginary; 7. Camille Paglia - "Black" Pagan or White Colonizer; 8. Dissident Heat - Fire with Fire; 9. Katie Roiphe - A Little Feminist Excess Goes a Long Way; 10. Seduced by Violence No More; 11. Gangsta Culture - Sexism and Misogyny - Who Will Take the Rap; 12. Ice Cube Culture - A Shared Passion for Speaking Truth; 13. Spending Culture - Marketing the Black Underclass; 14. Spike Lee Doing Malcolm X - Denying Black Pain; 15. Seeing and Making Culture - Representing the Poor; 16. Back to Black - Ending Internalized Racism; 17. Malcolm X - The Longed-for Feminist Manhood; 18. Columbus - Gone But Not Forgotten; 19. Moving Into and Beyond Feminism - Just for the Joy of It; 20. Love as the Practice of Freedom.