Poetic Voices, Political Voices
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Offers a multiple-genred mosaic of multiple resistances to oppression through a variety of styles and mediums.
This text presents art and writing which is political rather than theorizing about how art and writing might be political. The wide array of voices and styles is one of the book's strengths as it not only offers a multi-faceted approach toward activism and positive change, but also speaks a range of emotions from anger, passion, and fear, to joy and courage. This book also opens and creates space for the humor and hope which can come even in the presence of violence and despair.
Gertrude M. James Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate at State University of New York at Binghamton. Anne JM Mamary is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University.
"I found the book fascinating. When I sat down to read, I found I literally did not want to put it down. In this era of 'healing spirituality' and discussions of 'self identity' and 'self expression,' there are many people who wonder about the place of politics and activism. This book takes on the task of unabashedly drawing connections between cultural work and political work. I don't know of any volume that brings so many approaches together in a meaningful way." — Camilla Townsend, Colgate University
"In the beautifully written introduction, the editors provide an insightful analysis of the context in which cultural activism is produced and experienced today. Their explanation of terms such as 'resistance,' 'culture,' and 'activism' are useful for the scholar as well as the student. Though brief, the introduction goes to the heart of many of the issues and themes in contemporary cultural activism: issues such as writing and image-making (production), pedagogy (teaching and learning), reading (reception), and collaboration; themes such as language, location, history and memory, the body, mourning and loss, intimacy, and connection.
"I found this book to be one of the most interesting and engaging literary-artistic collections I've ever read. Many times while reading, I found myself lingering over passages so as to savor each and every word. There are few collections in this field that provide the range of genre and depth of issues and themes identified by the editors of Cultural Activisms." — Michelle Meyers, Independent Scholar