White's powerful introduction draws on oral narratives from her own family history to illuminate the nature of narrative, both what is said and what is left unsaid. She then sets the historical stage with a helpful history of the inception and development of black feminism and a critique of major black feminist writings. In the three chapters that follow, she addresses the obstacles black feminism has already surmounted and must continue to traverse. Confronting what White calls "the politics of respectability," these chapters move the reader from simplistic views of race and gender in the nineteenth century through black nationalism and the radical movements of the sixties, and their relationship to feminist thought, to the linkages between race, gender, and sexuality in the works of such giants as Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. No one who finishes Dark Continent of Our Bodies will look at race and gender in the same way again.
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Table of Contents
1. Black Feminist Interventions
2. The Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Constructing Science, Race, and Womanhood in the Nineteenth Century
3. Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counterdiscourse, and African-American Nationalism
4. The Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Alchemy of Race and Sexuality