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) · 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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She, therefore, suggests that postmodernism should be reflected in actual attitudes and in forms of writing. This site uses cookies. Log In Sign Postmidern. Even if the critique beol 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 identity on oppressed groups.

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.

Postmodern Blackness [Bell Hooks]

A Review of bell hook’s Postmodern Blackness. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Skip to main content. Click here to sign up. The Norton Anthology of theory and criticism. 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. But just because there is not a sense of anger there is a sense that black writers are struggling to get their words heard.

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. There were so many quotes in this potsmodern that I loved.


This feeling of marginalisation, of being outside postmodern discourse, is abetted by the preservers and reproducers of a hierarchical discourse, peculiar to the now postmodern movement.

Some of the quotes I really like are:.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Help Center Find new research papers in: And in order for a critical black voice to emerge, postmodern insights, visions and revolutionary ways of embracing otherness should be implemented.

Archaelogy of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language. There must be new channels and outlets for the oppressed and marginalized to challenge new forms of oppression and new subtle politics of domination. Some of the quotes I really like are: Notwithstanding the infinite significance of abstract thinking and postmodern visions to African-American experience, these notions, even if they belong with the discourse of postmodernism, have little to do with the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It is an exclusionary discourse that gains supremacy through the appropriation of notions like difference and otherness. The essay discusses the importance of postmodernism to the black experience, while raising questions of identity, race and gender.

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This tells us that bell hooks locates herself outside the realm of white academic scholars. This entry was posted in Uncategorized.

Email required Address never made public. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here But, according to bell hooks, these unnecessary rhetorical deviations may prove inimical to radical liberation struggles.


I found myself highlighting a lot and putting stars next to a lot of the things that I highlighted. It is an interdisciplinary essay where postmodern theory, cultural criticism, African-American studies and the politics of race and gender intersect.

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As part of shaping a critical voice, popular culture should be included within the struggle as it speaks for the underrepresented and the marginalized. 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.

She criticizes not postmodernism but directions, deviations and practices in postmodernism. Notify me of new comments via email. She equally explains the real plight of black people and the hopelessness ensued from segregation and disintegration by quoting Cornel West. You are commenting using your WordPress. Postmodern thinking should be reflected not merely in 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.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. By quoting, referencing and alluding to other sources and other authorities, bell hooks supports her claim that postmodern discourse is at risk of blcakness its objectives that instead of being supportive of the underrepresented and the oppressed, might be adverse to liberation struggles.