Bell Hooks, English educator, writer. Recipient Writer's award Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, 1994.
Hooks, Bell was born on September 25, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Daughter of Veodis and Rosa Bell Watkins.
Bachelor in English, Stanford University, 1973; Master of Arts in English, University Wisconsin, 1976; Doctor of Philosophy in English, University California, Santa Cruz, 1987.
Professor African and Afro-American Studies, English Yale University, New Haven, 1980-1985. Associate professor Women's Studies, American Literature Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1985-1994. Distinguished professor English City College of New York, since 1994.
How can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? This title deals with a different kind of education: education as the practice of freedom.
A response to the dearth of critical writing by African Americans, this book represents hooks' response to the dialogues about producing, exhibiting and criticizing art that characterize an art world obsessed with identity politics.
Author: And There We Wept, 1978, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, 1981, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, 1984, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, 1989, Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics, 1990, (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life, 1991, The Woman's Mourning Song, 1992, Black Looks: Race and Representation, 1992, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, 1994, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 1994, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics, 1995, Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies, 1996, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, 1996. Contributor essays, articles to magazines.