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Transformation Now!

Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change

AnaLouise Keating

Publication Year: 2013

In this lively, thought-provoking study, AnaLouise Keating writes in the traditions of radical U.S. women-of-color feminist/womanist thought and queer studies, inviting us to transform how we think about identity, difference, social justice and social change, metaphysics, reading, and teaching. Through detailed investigations of women of color theories and writings, indigenous thought, and her own personal and pedagogical experiences, Keating develops transformative modes of engagement that move through oppositional approaches to embrace interconnectivity as a framework for identity formation, theorizing, social change, and the possibility of planetary citizenship. Speaking to many dimensions of contemporary scholarship, activism, and social justice work, Transformation Now! calls for and enacts innovative, radically inclusionary ways of reading, teaching, and communicating.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-9


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pp. 10-13

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Giving Thanks

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pp. xiii-xvi

Where do I even begin, to name the intellectual and spiritual giants whose lives and works have supported me, opened new vistas, encouraged me in my work, energized and inspired me with love? (If only I could thank everyone, simultaneously; I don?t want to leave anyone out or diminish the contributions of anyone.) This book represents the culmination of another piece of my life?s journey, and ...

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Introduction. Post-Oppositional Resistance? Threshold Theories Defined and Enacted

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pp. 1-28

...is it really our duty to add fresh ruins to fields of ruins? is are still seeking solutions to racism. The question is how shall out of conflict, but out of a full awareness of the realities of A typical response when I witness, experience, or in other ways am confronted with racism, sexism, homophobia, imperialism, colonialism, or other forms of ...

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1. Beyond Intersectionality: Theorizing Interconnectivity with/in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

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pp. 29-59

First published in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color has become a classic of sorts, a frequently cited text in feminist scholar-ship, histories of U.S. feminism, and women?s studies curriculum.1 Co-edited by Cherr?e Moraga and Gloria Anzald?a, this multigenre collection brought together twenty-nine U.S. feminists from diverse ethnic/racial, economic, ...

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2. “American” Individualism, Variations on a Theme; or, Self-Reliance, Transformed!

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pp. 60-88

What, if anything, do the following literary figures have in common?to a long line of ministers who first came to this continent from England in the 1630s, Emerson rejected his religious vocation after a brief stint as a Unitarian minister and went on to become a popular lecturer and highly respected writer. Although he grew up in relative poverty and attended Har-...

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3. “I am your other I”: Transformational Identity Politics

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pp. 89-110

As we search for increasingly effective ways to use language and invent theo-ries that can assist us in creating progressive social transformation, more equitable societies, and modes of living that value all forms of life, scholar-activist theorists in a variety of fields (including contemporary U.S. literary studies, ethnic studies, women?s studies, LGBTQ studies, and queer theory) ...

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4. “There is no arcane place for return”: Revisionist Mythmaking with a Difference

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pp. 111-144

While revisionist mythmaking was a common strategy among many twenti-eth-century feminist and ethnic-nationalist authors and social-justice actors, it seems to be less often employed or examined by contemporary authors and scholars.1 Perhaps this limited attention has its source at least partially in our restrictive definitions myth. After all, in the English lexicon the word myth has ...

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5. From Self-Help to Womanist Self-Recovery: or, How Paula Gunn Allen Changed My Mind

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pp. 145-166

I?ve been intrigued with and yet troubled by Paula Gunn Allen?s Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman?s Sourcebook for years. This curious text represents a startling departure from her earlier academic work in Native American Stud-ies. As in The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, her groundbreaking collection of scholarly essays, Allen uses an indigenous-...

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6. Pedagogies of Invitation: From Status-Quo Stories to Cosmic Connections

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pp. 167-188

When I was very young, maybe five or six years old, I became good friends with a neighbor a few years older than me. We had a great summer, hanging out together all the time?me at her house, she at mine. We were inseparable. But when school started up in the fall, she suddenly terminated our friendship . . . entirely ignoring me at school, refusing to play with me on the weekends. ...

Appendix 1. Abridged Syllabus for a U.S. Women of Colors Course

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pp. 189-202

Appendix 2. Guidelines for a Workshop on Our Spoken Word: Poetry for Self and Community

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pp. 203-206


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pp. 207-232

Works Cited and Consulted

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pp. 233-252


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pp. 253-262

About the Author, Production Notes

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pp. 280-281

E-ISBN-13: 9780252095115
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252037849

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2013