The book Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, Hortense J. Spillers is published by University of Chicago Press. Hortense Spillers is a black feminist theorist, and literary and cultural critic, who is especially known for having written several influential. Abstract. The publications of Hortense Spillers’ Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar. Book and Toni Morrison’s Beloved marks as an.
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It is a privilege and a pleasure to introduce Hortense Spillers, one of the vanguards in literary studies whose seminal essays have transformed how we practice literary criticism in the academy today. Intersectionality may be one of the catechisms of the humanities now, but long before it became a buzzword, it was Hortense Spillers who, beginning in the early s, gave us some of the first glimpses of what that kind of critical practice looked like on the page.
Her essays are among the first critical studies to prize the intersections of race and gender and also hortenxe race and psychoanalysis in understanding African American life and culture. They are capacious in their thinking and subtle in argumentation; they contravene established perspectives and allow new revelations and self-revelations.
And not just the frequently cited essays, but also several others on black homiletics, on the role of the creative intellectual, on the spkllers of black cuisine, on the works of luminaries such as Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, and William Faulkner.
All of these essays stand out for the way they refuse easy summation and encourage engaged analysis instead. Of course, even now, to boldly articulate a black feminist voice in the academy is a challenge and a feat, let alone in the early s when Spillers began her daring enterprise. Writing about the fiercely contested terrain of literary studies in the s, Morrison writes: Surely, one could go to any of her essays and come away with a new depth of perception.
Hoortense on American Literature and Culture. Notice how fresh her readings are, the sumptuous interplay between the personal and the collective, the theoretical and the tactile, and the intellectual and the edible:. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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