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De facto feminism : essays straight outta Oakland, Judy Juanita

Label
De facto feminism : essays straight outta Oakland
Title
De facto feminism
Title remainder
essays straight outta Oakland
Statement of responsibility
Judy Juanita
Title variation
Essays straight outta Oakland
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland views activism and feminism as they play out in one writer's political, artistic and spiritual life. A distinguished semifinalist for OSU's 2016 Non/Fiction Collection Prize, De Facto & is a cross between Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and Jean Toomer's Cane, blending essay, poems, graphics and literary criticism. An act of self-definition spanning four decades, the central person in DeFacto ... is the writer herself, a feminist foot soldier. With the feel of memoir, these essays align with female thinkers Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Lorde, Alice Walker, Michelle Wallace, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Paula Giddings, Michelle Alexander, Roxane Gay and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. Much like the central character in her semi-autobiographical novel, Virgin Soul, whom Juanita calls a female foot soldier, the voice herein is a feminist foot soldier, processing major shifts in American society through the portal of her own artistic development. The essays are set chronologically, beginning with a picture of her Tuskegee Airman father, and an account of a not altogether idyllic childhood in Oakland, California. A patchwork narrative emerges: Growing up in Oakland in the fifties and sixties. Comparing her burgeoning sexuality to young white females in 1964 having orgiastic responses to the Beatles. Formulating an erstwhile womanhood based on Black Nationalism. Deconstructing the infamous N-word controversy. Looking back acerbically at her romance with The Gun and the black power movement. Paying homage to Black Arts Movement poet Carolyn M. Rodgers. Celebrating 21st century feminism in unexpected places. Examining race and micro-aggression in liberal Berkeley. Living with a ghost/mentor for a year. The book's format moves from essay to poem to epistle, utilizing the genre of letter writing in the final essay, "Acknowledge Me," a true ghost story in which a dead playwright, once her teacher, pushes her to succeed. "Whatever Happened to Carolyn M. Rodgers?" pays homage to a poet who became a phantom of the Black Arts Movement (BAM). Rodgers utilized the militancy of the era to draw attention to larger social issues. She mixed slang, nostalgia, curse words, sociology, raw revelation of sexual intimacies to address the abyss between black men and women; she became a near pariah for reviving her Christian faith. "Report from the Front" indicates how America's most liberal city still channels racism. "De Facto Feminism" tallies the ways feminism finds its way in a country that counts black women out, from fighting/finding contingency, building bridges, breaking bread, doing bizness the old fashioned way, and myriad other examples. "Cleaning Other People's Houses" considers the value of physical labor as the author works as a domestic for a living; Juanita leaves that job remembering that Zora Neale Hurston worked as a domestic in the last impoverished decade of her life. In the wake of Trayvon Martin, "The Gun as Ultimate Performance Poem" looks at the gun's power and role in the African American community from the Panthers to the present. "Five Comrades in The Black Panther Party, 1967-1970" is the author's recollection on joining the Black Panthers and revisiting the movement some 40 years later. "All The Women in My Family Read Terry McMillan" finds the newly minted novelist asking what to do about black literature, as she finds that it doesn't quite fit with the chick lit and black chick-lit books her friends and family are reading. "Putting the Funny in the Novel" was written after her agent said her novel (about the Black Panthers) wasn't funny enough. Juanita learned standup and lived to tell the tale (and jokes). "The N-Word." In an age of trigger warnings and multiple N-Word explosions, Juanita blasts its premature burial & its qualifications, considerations -- and calling it on white cops."--
Assigning source
Amazon.com
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
SFR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Juanita, Judy
Dewey number
305.42
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Juanita, Judy
  • American essays
  • African American women authors
  • African American women
  • Feminism
Label
De facto feminism : essays straight outta Oakland, Judy Juanita
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Essays appearing "The Weeklings," "Winning Writers Newsletter," "Journal of Pan African Studies," and others
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Putting the funny in the novel
  • The N-Word: let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater
  • Bruno was from Brazil
  • The gun as ultimate performance poem
  • All the women in my family read Terry McMillan
  • Whatever happened to Carolyn M. Rodgers
  • De facto feminism
  • Report from The Front, i.e., Berkeley, CA
  • Acknowledge me
  • The path to womanhood
  • My California childhood: a freedom childhood
  • White Out
  • Five comrades in the Black Panther Party, 1967-1970
  • Black Womanhood 1
  • Tough luck
  • Cleaning other people's houses
  • A playwright-in-progress
Control code
ocn968132073
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780971635210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portrait
System control number
(OCoLC)968132073
Label
De facto feminism : essays straight outta Oakland, Judy Juanita
Publication
Copyright
Note
Essays appearing "The Weeklings," "Winning Writers Newsletter," "Journal of Pan African Studies," and others
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Putting the funny in the novel
  • The N-Word: let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater
  • Bruno was from Brazil
  • The gun as ultimate performance poem
  • All the women in my family read Terry McMillan
  • Whatever happened to Carolyn M. Rodgers
  • De facto feminism
  • Report from The Front, i.e., Berkeley, CA
  • Acknowledge me
  • The path to womanhood
  • My California childhood: a freedom childhood
  • White Out
  • Five comrades in the Black Panther Party, 1967-1970
  • Black Womanhood 1
  • Tough luck
  • Cleaning other people's houses
  • A playwright-in-progress
Control code
ocn968132073
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
226 pages
Isbn
9780971635210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portrait
System control number
(OCoLC)968132073

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