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Cultural Sites of Critical Insight
Philosophy, Aesthetics, and African American and Native American Women's Writings
Cultural Sites of Critical Insight
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Angela L. Cotten - Editor
Christa Davis Acampora - Editor
Price: $71.50 
Hardcover - 224 pages
Release Date: February 2007
ISBN10: 0-7914-6979-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6979-8

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Paperback - 224 pages
Release Date: February 2007
ISBN10: 0-7914-6980-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6980-4

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Explores the interplay between artistic values and social, political, and moral concerns in writings by African American and Native American women.

Bringing together criticism on both African American and Native American women writers, this book offers fresh perspectives on art and beauty, truth, justice, community, and the making of a good and happy life. The essays draw on interdisciplinary, feminist, and comparative methods in the works of writers such as Toni Morrison, Leslie Silko, Alice Walker, Linda Hogan, Paula Gunn Allen, Luci Tapahonso, Phillis Wheatley, and Sherley Anne Williams, making them more accessible for critical consideration in the fields of aesthetics, philosophy, and critical theory. The contributors formulate unique frameworks for interpreting the multiple levels of complex, cultural play between Native American and African American women writers in America, and pave the way for innovative hermeneutic possibilities for reassessing writers of both traditions.

“…Cotten and Acampora’s text serves as a valuable source to the growing research on African American and Native American culture, with its narrowed focus on literature and writing produced by women.” — Feminist Formations

“The essays offer some fresh perspectives on well-known works and will prove useful to students and scholars in philosophy, women’s studies, and the humanities … the collection does a good job in presenting new ways of thinking about texts that challenge traditional disciplinary divisions.” — American Indian Quarterly

Contributors include Christa Davis Acampora, Michael A. Antonucci, Ellen L. Arnold, Angela L. Cotten, Barbara Helen-Hill, AnaLouise Keating, Noelle Morrissette, Margot Reynolds, Maggie Romigh, Barbara S. Tracy, and Elizabeth J. West.

Angela L. Cotten is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. Christa Davis Acampora is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She is coeditor (with Ralph R. Acampora) of A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and Brutal.



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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. On the “Res” and in the “Hood”: Making Cultures, Leaving Legacies
      Angela L. Cotten

II. Transformative Aesthetics

2. Self-Help, Indian Style? Paula Gunn Allen’s Grandmothers of the Light, Womanist Self-Recovery, and the Politics of Transformation
      AnaLouise Keating

3. Making the Awakening Hers: Phillis Wheatley and the Transposition of African Spirituality to Christian Religiosity
      Elizabeth J. West

4. “Any Woman’s Blues”: Sherley Anne Williams and the Blues Aesthetic
      Michael A. Antonucci

III. Critical Revisions

5. Through the Mirror: Re-Surfacing and Self-Articulation in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms
      Ellen L. Arnold

6. The Red-Black Center of Alice Walker’s Meridian: Asserting a Cherokee Womanist Sensibility
      Barbara S. Tracy

7. Womanist Interventions in Historical Materialism
      Angela L. Cotten

IV. Re(In)Fusing Feminism

8. “Both the Law and Its Transgression”: Toni Morrison’s Paradise and “Post”–Black Feminism
      Noelle Morrissette

9. Luci Tapahonso’s “Leda and the Cowboy”: A Gynocratic, Navajo Response to Yeats’s “Leda and the Swan”
      Maggie Romigh

10. Mother Times Two: A Double Take on a Gynocentric Justice Song
      Margot Reynolds

References
Contributors
Index


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