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Breaking the Silence : Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism

By: Ikard, David.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2007Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (208 p.).ISBN: 9780807135693.Subject(s): African American men - Race identity | African American men -- Race identity | African American men in literature | African American women - Race identity | African American women -- Race identity | African American women in literature | American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism | American fiction - African American authors - History and criticism | Patriarchy in literature | Sex differences in literature | Suffering in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Breaking the Silence : Toward a Black Male Feminist CriticismDDC classification: 813.00989607 LOC classification: PS374.N4 I53 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Love Jones: A Black Male Feminist Critique of Chester Himes''s If He Hollers Let Him Go; 2. Black Patriarchy and the Dilemma of Black Women''s Complicity in James Baldwin''s Go Tell It on the Mountain; 3. "Killing the White Girl First": Understanding the Politics of Black Manhood in Toni Morrison''s Paradise; 4. "So Much of What We Know Ain''t So": The Other Gender in Toni Cade Bambara''s The Salt Eaters
5. "Like a Butterfly in a Hurricane": Reconceptualizing Black Gendered Resistance in Walter Mosley''s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Walkin'' the DogConclusion; Works Cited; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y
Summary: Can black males offer useful insights on black women and patriarchy? Many black feminists are doubtful. Their skepticism derives in part from a history of explosive encounters with black men who blamed feminism for stigmatizing black men and undermining racial solidarity and in part from a perception that black male feminists are opportunists capitalizing on the current popularity of black women''s writing and criticism. In Breaking the Silence, David Ikard goes boldly to the crux of this debate through a series of provocative readings of key African American texts that demonstrate the possibility and value of a viable black male feminist perspective.Seeking to advance the primary objectives of black feminism, Ikard provides literary models from Chester Himes''s If He Hollers Let Him Go, James Baldwin''s Go Tell It on the Mountain, Toni Morrison''s Paradise, Toni Cade Bambara''s The Salt Eaters, and Walter Mosley''s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Walkin'' the Dog that consciously wrestle with the concept of victim status for black men and women. He looks at how complicity across gender lines, far from rooting out patriarchy in the black community, has allowed it to thrive. This complicity, Ikard explains, is a process by which victimized groups invest in victim status to the point that they unintentionally concede power to their victimizers and engage in patterns of behavior that are perceived as revolutionary but actually reinforce the status quo.While black feminism has fostered important and necessary discussions regarding the problems of patriarchy within the black community, little attention has been paid to the intersecting dynamics of complicity. By laying bare the nexus between victim status and complicity in oppression, Breaking the Silence charts a new direction for conceptualizing black women''s complex humanity and provides the foundations for more expansive feminist approaches to resolving intraracial gender conflicts.
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Love Jones: A Black Male Feminist Critique of Chester Himes''s If He Hollers Let Him Go; 2. Black Patriarchy and the Dilemma of Black Women''s Complicity in James Baldwin''s Go Tell It on the Mountain; 3. "Killing the White Girl First": Understanding the Politics of Black Manhood in Toni Morrison''s Paradise; 4. "So Much of What We Know Ain''t So": The Other Gender in Toni Cade Bambara''s The Salt Eaters

5. "Like a Butterfly in a Hurricane": Reconceptualizing Black Gendered Resistance in Walter Mosley''s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Walkin'' the DogConclusion; Works Cited; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y

Can black males offer useful insights on black women and patriarchy? Many black feminists are doubtful. Their skepticism derives in part from a history of explosive encounters with black men who blamed feminism for stigmatizing black men and undermining racial solidarity and in part from a perception that black male feminists are opportunists capitalizing on the current popularity of black women''s writing and criticism. In Breaking the Silence, David Ikard goes boldly to the crux of this debate through a series of provocative readings of key African American texts that demonstrate the possibility and value of a viable black male feminist perspective.Seeking to advance the primary objectives of black feminism, Ikard provides literary models from Chester Himes''s If He Hollers Let Him Go, James Baldwin''s Go Tell It on the Mountain, Toni Morrison''s Paradise, Toni Cade Bambara''s The Salt Eaters, and Walter Mosley''s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Walkin'' the Dog that consciously wrestle with the concept of victim status for black men and women. He looks at how complicity across gender lines, far from rooting out patriarchy in the black community, has allowed it to thrive. This complicity, Ikard explains, is a process by which victimized groups invest in victim status to the point that they unintentionally concede power to their victimizers and engage in patterns of behavior that are perceived as revolutionary but actually reinforce the status quo.While black feminism has fostered important and necessary discussions regarding the problems of patriarchy within the black community, little attention has been paid to the intersecting dynamics of complicity. By laying bare the nexus between victim status and complicity in oppression, Breaking the Silence charts a new direction for conceptualizing black women''s complex humanity and provides the foundations for more expansive feminist approaches to resolving intraracial gender conflicts.

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<p>David Ikard is an assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee. He lives in Knoxville with his wife and two children.</p>

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