This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color Author Cherríe Moraga
ISBN-10 1438454384
ISBN-13 9781438454382
Year 2015-03-01
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher State University of New York Press
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Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism Originally released in 1981 This Bridge Called My Back is a testimony to women of color feminism as it emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century Through personal essays criticism interviews testimonials poetry and visual art the collection explores as coeditor Cherre Moraga writes the complex confluence of identitiesrace class gender and sexualitysystemic to women of color oppression and liberation Reissued here nearly thirty five years after its inception the fourth edition contains an extensive new introduction by Moraga along with a previously unpublished statement by Gloria Anzalda The new edition also includes visual artists whose work was produced during the same period as Bridge including Betye Saar Ana Mendieta and Yolanda Lpez as well as current contributor biographies Bridge continues to reflect an evolving definition of feminism one that can effectively adapt to and help inform an understanding of the changing economic and social conditions of women of color in the United States and throughout the world Immense is my admiration for the ongoing dialogue and discourse on feminism Indigenous feminism the defining discussions in women of color movements and the broader movement I have loved this book for thirty years and am so pleased we have returned with our stories words and attributes to the growing and resilient movement Winona LaDuke Anishinaabe Executive Director Honor the Earth Praise for the Third Edition This Bridge Called My Back dispels all doubt about the power of a single text to radically transform the terrain of our theory and practice Twenty years after its publication we can now see how it helped to untether the production of knowledge from its disciplinary anchorsand not only in the field of womens studies This Bridge has allowed us to define the promise of research on race gender class and sexuality as profoundly linked to collaboration and coalition building And perhaps most important it has offered us strategies for transformative political practice that are as valid today as they were two decades ago Angela Davis University of California Santa Cruz This Bridge Called My Back has served as a significant rallying call for women of color for a generation and this new edition keeps that call alive at a time when divisions prove ever more stubborn and dangerous A much cited text its influence has been visible and broad both in academia and among activists We owe much of the sound of our present voices to the brave scholars and feminists whose ideas and ideals crowd its pages Shirley Geok lin Lim University of California Santa Barbara

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