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

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

by Christa Davis Acampora
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791471616

ISBN-13: 9780791471616

Pub. Date: 09/13/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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

Overview

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 Ndegeocello, Marcie Rendon, Ntozake Shange, Lorna Simpson, Roxanne Swentzell, Regina Vater, Kay Walking Stick, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791471616
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/13/2007
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Foreword: "Tragedy Fatigue" and "Aesthetic Agency"   Joy James     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
On Making and Remaking: An Introduction   Christa Davis Acampora     1
Resisting Imagination
Writing the Xicanista: Ana Castillo and the Articulation of Chicana Feminist Aesthetics   Ritch Calvin     21
Everyday Revolutions, Shifting Power, and Feminine Genius in Julia Alvarez's Fiction   Kelly Oliver     47
Authorizing Desire: Erotic Poetics and the Aisthesis of Freedom in Morrison and Shange   Christa Davis Acampora     59
Body Agonistes
MeShell Ndegeocello: Musical Articulations of Black Feminism   Martha Mockus     81
Portraits of the Past, Imagined Now: Reading the Work of Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson   Kimberly Lamm     103
The Coloniality of Embodiment: Coco Fusco's Postcolonial Genealogies and Semiotic Agonistics   Eduardo Mendieta     141
Changing the Subject
Pueblo Sculptor Roxanne Swentzell: Forming a Wise, Generous, and Beautiful "I Am"   Ruth Porritt     161
The Syncretism of Native American, Latin American, and African American Women's Art: Visual Expressions of Feminism, the Environment, Spirituality, and Identity   Phoebe Farris     181
Dalit Women'sLiterature: A Sense of the Struggle   Nandita Gupta     197
Home is Where the Art is: Shaping Space and Place
The Role of "Place" in New Zealand Maori Songs of Lament   Ailsa L. Smith     213
Theater Near Us: Librarians, Culture, and Space in the Harlem Renaissance   Katherine Wilson     231
Into the Sacred Circle, Out of the Melting Pot: Re/Locations and Homecomings in Native Women's Theater   Jaye T. Darby     247
Works Cited     265
About the Contributors     283
Index     287

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