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Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul
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Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul explores innovative approaches to analyzing cultural productions through which women of color have challenged and undermined social and political forces that work to oppress them. Emphasizing art-making practices that emerge out of and reflect concrete lived experience, leading contributors to the fields of contemporary psychoanalytic literary analysis, Latin American studies, feminist theory, Native Women’s studies, Africana studies, philosophy, and art history examine the relationship between the aesthetic and the political. The focus of the book is on the idea of aesthetic agency through which one develops different modes of expression and creative practices that facilitate personal and social transformation. Aesthetic agency is liberating in a broad sense—it not only frees our creative capacities but also expands our capacity for joy and our abilities to know, to judge, and to act. Artists considered include Nadema Agard, Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Coco Fusco, Diane Glancy, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Toni Morrison, MeShell Ndegéocello, Marcie Rendon, Ntozake Shange, Lorna Simpson, Roxanne Swentzell, Regina Vater, Kay Walking Stick, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Unmaking Race,Remaking Soul
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword: “Tragedy Fatigue” and “Aesthetic Agency”
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. On Unmaking and Remaking: An Introduction (with obvious affection for Gloria Anzald
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I. Resisting Imagination
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 1. Writing the Xicanista: Ana Castillo and the Articulation of Chicana Feminist Aesthetics
  2. pp. 21-46
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  1. 2. Everyday Revolutions, Shifting Power, and Feminine Genius in Julia Alvarez’s Fiction
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. 3. Authorizing Desire: Erotic Poetics and the Alsthesis of Freedom in Morrison and Shange
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. Part II. Body Agonistes
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. 4. MeShell Ndeg
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. 5. Portraits of the Past, Imagined Now: Reading the Work of Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson
  2. pp. 103-140
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  1. 6. The Coloniality of Embodiment: Coco Fusco’s Postcolonial Genealogies and Semiotic Agonistics
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. Part III. Changing the Subject
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. 7. Pueblo Sculptor Roxanne Swentzell: Forming a Wise, Generous, and Beautiful “I Am”
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. 9. Dalit Women’s Literature: A Sense of the Struggle
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Part IV. Home Is Where the Art Is: Shaping Space and Place
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. 10. The Role of “Place” in New Zealand Maori Songs of Lament
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. 11.Theater Near Us: Librarians, Culture, and Space in the Harlem Renaissance
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. 12. Into the Sacred Circle,Out of the Melting Pot: Re/Locations and Homecomings in Native Women’s Theater
  2. pp. 247-264
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 265-282
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-297
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