An eclectic cross—disciplinary collection about the layered effects and expectations of gendered, sexualized, and racialized bodies, this volume adds to the literature of feminist work on body politics and the body as a site of cultural contestation. King (Univ. of Florida, Gainsville) includes fine essays from well—known and rising scholars that cover women's bodies as aging, academic, raced, performing, performative, sexualized, scientific, and monstrous. The two opening essays, by Gloria Wade—Gayles and Sue Rosser, offer provocative views on women, age, race, and research. Particularly noteworthy is King's own groundbreaking essay on the work of Morrison and Naylor, in which she marks the territory of writing in red ink and links this to the blood that spills from the pages of works by African American women writers. Maude Hines's essay is one of the most compelling discussions to date of Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow. Those familiar with the work of Coco Fusco and Nao Bustamante will find the essays about their work particularly useful, as the essays provide a cohesive narrative of their performance art that is not easy to put into words. King's preface and Trudier Harris's excellent afterword deftly pull the multiple perspectives in the collection together. Upper—division undergraduates through faculty. —R. M. Bredin, California State UniversitFullerton, 2001may CHOICE.
(Fullerton, 2001may CHOICE.)
"[I]ncludes fine essays from well-known and rising scholars that cover women's bodies as aging, academic, raced, performing, performative, sexualized, scientific, and monstrous." —Choice
About the Author
Debra Walker King is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Author of Deep Talk: Reading African American Literary Names, her articles and reviews have appeared in Names: the Journal of the American Name Society; Philosophy and Rhetoric; and African American Review. She also contributed essays to the Oxford Companion to African American Literature and Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts, edited by Dolan Hubbard.