Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy

Edited by Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Kathryn Sophia Belle, and Donna-Dale L. Marcano
Foreword by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Afterword by George Yancy

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, African American Studies, Feminist Philosophy, Women's Studies, Feminist
Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
Paperback : 9781438432663, 280 pages, October 2010
Hardcover : 9781438432670, 280 pages, October 2010

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Table of contents

Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Introduction: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy
Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Kathryn T. Gines, and Donna-Dale L. Marcano

1. Black Feminism, Poststructuralism, and the Contested Character of Experience
Diane Perpich

2. Sartre, Beauvoir, and the Race/Gender Analogy: A Case for Black Feminist Philosophy
Kathryn T. Gines

3. The Difference That Difference Makes: Black Feminism and Philosophy
Donna-Dale L. Marcano

4. Antigone’s Other Legacy: Slavery and Colonialism in Tègònni: An African Antigone
Tina Chanter

5. L Is for . . . : Longing and Becoming in The L-Word’s Racialized Erotic
Aimee Carrillo Rowe

6. Race and Feminist Standpoint Theory
Anika Maaza Mann

7. Rethinking Black Feminist Subjectivity: Ann duCille and Gilles Deleuze
Maria del Guadalupe Davidson

8. From Receptivity to Transformation: On the Intersection of Race, Gender, and the Aesthetic in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Robin M. James

9. Extending Black Feminist Sisterhood in the Face of Violence: Fanon, White Women, and Veiled Muslim Women
Traci C. West

10. Madness and Judiciousness: A Phenomenological Reading of a Black Woman’s Encounter with a Saleschild
Emily S. Lee

11. Black American Sexuality and the Repressive Hypothesis: Reading Patricia Hill
Collins with Michel Foucault
Camisha Russell

12. Calling All Sisters: Continental Philosophy and Black Feminist Thinkers
Kathy Glass

Afterword: Philosophy and the Other of the Second Sex
George Yancy
Contributor Notes

Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy in dialogue.


A range of themes—race and gender, sexuality, otherness, sisterhood, and agency—run throughout this collection, and the chapters constitute a collective discourse at the intersection of Black feminist thought and continental philosophy, converging on a similar set of questions and concerns. These convergences are not random or forced, but are in many ways natural and necessary: the same issues of agency, identity, alienation, and power inevitably are addressed by both camps. Never before has a group of scholars worked together to examine the resources these two traditions can offer one another. By bringing the relationship between these two critical fields of thought to the forefront, the book will encourage scholars to engage in new dialogues about how each can inform the other. If contemporary philosophy is troubled by the fact that it can be too limited, too closed, too white, too male, then this groundbreaking book confronts and challenges these problems.

Maria del Guadalupe Davidson is Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is coeditor (with George Yancy) of Critical Perspectives on bell hooks. Kathryn T. Gines is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. Donna-Dale L. Marcano is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College.