This transgression of disciplinary boundaries allows bell hooks to stress the importance of postmodern insights to blackness, and in the same time to warn. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Postmodern Blackness | Critical of most Article in Postmodern Culture 1(1) ยท January with Reads Bell Hooks. bell hooks, “Postmodern Blackness,” page numbers from the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. When was this essay written?.

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This entry was posted in Uncategorized. The personal stories that hooks shares bring to life the points that she makes, the stories show that hooks has personally faced these challenges and not just read about them.

It is clear while reading the essay that hooks has faced several challenges in her writing career but there is not a sense of anger in her writing. But just because there is not a sense of anger there is a sense that black writers are struggling to get their words heard.

This tells us that bell hooks locates herself outside the realm of white academic scholars. It means that critics, writers, and academics have to give the same critical attention to nurturing and cultivating our ties to black community that we give to writing articles, teaching, and lecturing. She also supports her claim that postmodern discourse is indifferent to black people, and people of different skins and different cultures by referring and quoting Robert Storr.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But, according to bell hooks, these unnecessary rhetorical deviations may prove inimical to radical liberation struggles. And in order for a critical black voice to emerge, postmodern insights, visions and revolutionary ways of embracing otherness should be implemented. Crossing disciplinary boundaries of race, gender, sexism, postmodern theory, and cultural imperialism is for bell hooks a way to regain or yearn for a critical voice.


In her book, Talking Back, Gloria Watkins explains how she adopted her pen name, bell hooks, from her maternal grandmother, as a gesture of her bold decision to speak and talk back. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Although she is an academic scholar herself, bell hooks positions herself outside white academia, that is, she lacks conviction and she is even suspicious of how relevant postmodernism is to black folks. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Log In Sign Up. It is an interdisciplinary essay where postmodern theory, cultural criticism, African-American studies and the politics of race and gender intersect.

A Review of bell hook’s Postmodern Blackness.

Postmodern Blackness [Bell Hooks]

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She, therefore, suggests that postmodernism should be reflected in actual attitudes and in forms of writing. Some of the quotes I really like are: Archaelogy of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language. Notify beol of new comments via email.

Even if the critique of identity is at the heart of any postmodern discourse, hooks warns that it could be unfavourable for the black people, that is, with the presence of a subversive white supremacy that precludes the formation of radical black subjectivity, it is necessary to check the implications of any critique of brll on oppressed groups. You are commenting using your WordPress.


Skip to main content. Moves in to discussion of rap music. I find it odd that people would go up to someone and tell them to stop writing about something, but I am glad that those people at that party did not stop hooks from writing.

I found myself highlighting a lot and putting stars next to a lot of the things that I highlighted. She equally explains the real plight of black people and the hopelessness ensued from segregation and disintegration by quoting Cornel West.

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She expresses that by using words like cautiously, suspicion, conscious and perhaps. Postmodern thinking should be reflected not merely blacknwss rhetoric but in habits and styles of writing. Being mainly directed to and against grand narratives of modernism and high modernism, Postmodern writings are barely inclusive of black experience or black people writings; more seriously, black women voices are so egregiously absent from postmodern writings as if they had no role in the emergence and the shaping of the African American identity.

Enter the email address postmoxern signed up with and we’ll email potmodern a reset link. She criticizes not postmodernism but directions, deviations and practices in postmodernism. The essay discusses the importance of postmodernism to the black experience, while raising questions of identity, race and gender. Furthermore, she alludes to her book, Yearning: