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The first book to put Black feminism and continental philosophy in dialogue.
A range of themes—race and gender, sexuality, otherness, sisterhood, and agency—run throughout this collection, and the chapters constitute a collective discourse at the intersection of Black feminist thought and continental philosophy, converging on a similar set of questions and concerns. These convergences are not random or forced, but are in many ways natural and necessary: the same issues of agency, identity, alienation, and power inevitably are addressed by both camps. Never before has a group of scholars worked together to examine the resources these two traditions can offer one another. By bringing the relationship between these two critical fields of thought to the forefront, the book will encourage scholars to engage in new dialogues about how each can inform the other. If contemporary philosophy is troubled by the fact that it can be too limited, too closed, too white, too male, then this groundbreaking book confronts and challenges these problems.
“Convergences is an excellent and timely collection by mostly young scholars working at the intersections of critical race theory, feminism, and continental philosophy. This unique book expands the scope of both Black feminism and continental philosophy.” — Kelly Oliver, author of Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media
Maria del Guadalupe Davidson is Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is coeditor (with George Yancy) of Critical Perspectives on bell hooks. Kathryn T. Gines is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. Donna-Dale L. Marcano is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College.
Table of Contents
Foreword Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Introduction: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Kathryn T. Gines, and Donna-Dale L. Marcano
1. Black Feminism, Poststructuralism, and the Contested Character of Experience Diane Perpich
2. Sartre, Beauvoir, and the Race/Gender Analogy: A Case for Black Feminist Philosophy Kathryn T. Gines
3. The Difference That Difference Makes: Black Feminism and Philosophy Donna-Dale L. Marcano
4. Antigone’s Other Legacy: Slavery and Colonialism in Tègònni: An African Antigone Tina Chanter
5. L Is for . . . : Longing and Becoming in The L-Word’s Racialized Erotic Aimee Carrillo Rowe
6. Race and Feminist Standpoint Theory Anika Maaza Mann
7. Rethinking Black Feminist Subjectivity: Ann duCille and Gilles Deleuze Maria del Guadalupe Davidson
8. From Receptivity to Transformation: On the Intersection of Race, Gender, and the Aesthetic in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Robin M. James
9. Extending Black Feminist Sisterhood in the Face of Violence: Fanon, White Women, and Veiled Muslim Women Traci C. West
10. Madness and Judiciousness: A Phenomenological Reading of a Black Woman’s Encounter with a Saleschild Emily S. Lee
11. Black American Sexuality and the Repressive Hypothesis: Reading Patricia Hill
Collins with Michel Foucault Camisha Russell
12. Calling All Sisters: Continental Philosophy and Black Feminist Thinkers Kathy Glass
Afterword: Philosophy and the Other of the Second Sex George Yancy