Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

by Brittney C. Cooper


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Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper

Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. Cooper delves into the processes that transformed these women and others into racial leadership figures, including long-overdue discussions of their theoretical output and personal experiences. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse. It also confronted entrenched ideas of how—and who—produced racial knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252082481
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: Women in American History Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 227,322
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brittney C. Cooper is an assistant professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue 1

Introduction: The Duly of the True Race Woman 11

Chapter 1 Organized Anxiety: The National Association of Colored Women and the Creation of the Black Public Sphere 33

Chapter 2 "Proper, Dignified Agitation": The Evolution of Mary Church Terrell 57

Chapter 3 Queering Jane Crow: Pauli Murray's Quest for an Unhyphenated Identity 87

Chapter 4 The Problems and Possibilities of the Negro Woman Intellectual 115

Epilogue 141

Notes 153

Selected Bibliography 175

Index 181

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