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Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture
     

Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture

by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders
 

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ISBN-10: 0472067079

ISBN-13: 9780472067077

Pub. Date: 12/23/2002

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The essays in Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture chart the ways that the simultaneous interrogation of gender, race, and corporeality shape the construction of black female representation. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders has enlisted a wide variety of scholarly perspectives and critical approaches about the place of black women's

Overview

The essays in Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture chart the ways that the simultaneous interrogation of gender, race, and corporeality shape the construction of black female representation. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders has enlisted a wide variety of scholarly perspectives and critical approaches about the place of black women's bodies within the American cultural consciousness. An impressive gathering of essays and visual art by feminist scholars and artists, the book presents a persuasive argument for broadening the ongoing scholarly conversations about the body. It makes clear that the most salient discourses in poststructuralist and feminist theory are made richer and more complex when the black female body is considered.

The collection blends original and classic essays to reveal the interconnections among art, literature, public policy, the history of medicine, and theories about sexuality with regard to bodies that are both black and female. Contributors include Rachel Adams, Elizabeth Alexander, Lisa Collins, Bridgette Davis, Lisa E.Farrington, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Evelynn Hammonds, Terri Kapsalis, Jennifer L. Morgan, Siobhan B. Somerville, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Carla Williams, and Doris Witt.

Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture will appeal to both the academic reader attempting to integrate race into discussion about the female body and to the general reader curious about the history of black female representation.

Kimberly Wallace-Sanders is Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and Institute of Women's Studies, Emory University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472067077
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
12/23/2002
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,030,279
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................xiii
Introduction Kimberly Wallace-Sanders....................1
The Body Politic: Black Female Sexuality and the Nineteenth-Century Euro-American Imagination Beverly Guy-Sheftall....................13
"Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder": Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500–1770 Jennifer L. Morgan....................37
Gender, Race, and Nation: The Comparative Anatomy of "Hottentot" Women in Europe, 1815–17 Anne Fausto-Sterling....................66
Economies of the Flesh: Representing the Black Female Body in Art Lisa Collins....................99
Faith Ringgold's Slave Rape Series Lisa E. Farrington....................128
The Black Look and "the Spectacle of Whitefolks": Wildness in Toni Morrison's Beloved Rachel Adams....................153
Naked, Neutered, or Noble: The Black Female Body in America and the Problem of Photographic History Carla Williams....................182
"The Prettiest Specimen of Boyhood": Cross-Gender and Racial Disguise in Pauline E. Hopkins's Winona Siobhan B. Somerville....................201
"Coming Out Blackened and Whole": Fragmentation and Reintegration in Audre Lorde's Zami and The Cancer Journals Elizabeth Alexander....................218
What (N)ever Happened to Aunt Jemima: Eating Disorders, Fetal Rights, and Black Female Appetite in Contemporary American Culture Doris Witt....................239
Mastering the Female Pelvis: Race and the Tools of Reproduction Terri Kapsalis....................263
Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality Evelynn Hammonds....................301
Directing the Gaze: An Inside Look at Making Naked Acts Bridgett Davis....................323
List of Contributors....................335
Index....................339

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