Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory

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Verso, 1990 - 267 ˹
In the shifting and conflicting currents of recent cultural criticism, no space is more ambiguous or difficult to define than that held by black feminism. In this new book, Michele Wallace poses the historical and conceptual questions which an emergent black feminist theory address.

The author begins with a consideration of the work of her mother, the artist Faith Ringgold, and moves on to recollections of her own early life in Harlem, and an account of her development as a writer in the 1970s. She examines the collective legacy with which black artistsfrom Zora Neale Hurston and Ntozake Shange, to Spike Lee and Michael Jacksonmust contend in carving out a distinctive cultural practice.

Wallace's book marks a new departure in contemporary criticism, as she combines the flair of a popular journalist with the rigor of a committed scholar. Invisibility Blues is certain to become a landmark in cultural studies and a fundamental document in the history of black feminism.
 

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In these 24 essays, written from 1972 to 1990, the author aims to "comprehend the high visibility '' of black women in American culture "together with their almost total lack of voice . '' This ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

INTRODUCTION NegativePositive Images
1
Black FeminismAutobiography
11
The Harlem I Love
13
A Black Feminists Search for Sisterhood
18
Baby Faith
26
For the Womens House
34
A Womens Prison and The Movement
44
to be Continued
53
Doing the Right Thing
107
Entertainment Tomorrow
111
Mississippi Burning and Bird
123
For Colored Girls the Rainbow is Not Enough
129
Slaves of History
137
Ishmael Reeds Female Troubles
146
Profile
155
Who Owns Zora Neale Hurston? Critics Carve Up the Legend
172

Homelessness is Where the Heart Is
58
PART II
65
Blues for Mr Spielberg
67
Michael Jackson Black Modernisms and The Ecstasy of Communication
77
Invisibility Blues
91
Spike Lee and Black Women
100
The Great American Whitewash
187
The Amerika Series
199
Variations on Negation and the Heresy of Black Feminist
213
Towards a Black Feminist Cultural Criticism
241
Index
257
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Michele Wallace earned her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University. She is a professor of English at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her seminal book Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman is also available from Verso.

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.

Michael Sprinker was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the History of Historical Materialism and History and Ideology in Proust are also published by Verso. Together with Mike Davis, he founded Verso's Haymarket Series and guided it until his death in 1999.

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