Eloquent Rage
Black women are often considered angry and divisive in their interactions with others in both public and private. In mainstream feminism, our demand to have both our race and gender considered is called divisive from "all women's issues." In Black political spaces, our desire to have our womanhood considered is called a distraction from the real issue. However, the manner in which Black women have always insisted on their right to dignity, their right to be heard, and their desire to be considered on matters of national import has much to teach us about what makes American democracy work.Eloquent Rage takes up this politics of critical dissent, asking: How do Black women resist stereotypical portrayals of them angry, aggressive, scary and violent? How do Black women dissent from a national narrative about heterosexual Black intimacy that says we are undesirable, unlovable, and unfit for partnerships or marriages? How do we dissent from religious patriarchy? How do we use our participation in politics to resist the march of fascism? How does our embrace of Beyonce act as a kind of dissent against those who would dismiss as frivolous Black women's pursuit of pleasure and joy? Drawing together her funny, poignant, and often heartbreaking experiences of friendship, family, and intimate relationships, with insights from her career as a professor of women's and gender studies, Cooper writes compellingly about how Black women's critical dissent shows up in the everyday lives of women.With the election of Donald Trump and the massive step backward this signals for both African Americans and women, Eloquent Rage offers a way forward, one that encourages us all not to be cowed or silenced by fear. It looks to the lives of Black women -- one of the nation's most maligned subjects -- for direction. For it is Black women who model critical dissent as a practice of prophetic love not for who America is, but for who she can be.

Eloquent Rage Details

TitleEloquent Rage
Author
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250112576
Rating
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Race, Politics, Writing, Essays, Cultural, African American, Adult, Autobiography, Memoir

Write a review

Eloquent Rage Review

  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this through NetGalley. Views are my own.This is essential reading.This was a powerful, heartbreaking, hilarious, important read. I can't recommend it enough.I loved that while Cooper discusses topics both weighty and highly academic, her writing retains a sense of accessibility. I don't mean that it's dumbed down at all--her arguments are full of research and nuance--but rather that she clearly crafted this book with the audience in mind. Cooper even mentions the I received an advanced copy of this through NetGalley. Views are my own.This is essential reading.This was a powerful, heartbreaking, hilarious, important read. I can't recommend it enough.I loved that while Cooper discusses topics both weighty and highly academic, her writing retains a sense of accessibility. I don't mean that it's dumbed down at all--her arguments are full of research and nuance--but rather that she clearly crafted this book with the audience in mind. Cooper even mentions the early difficulties she had with black feminist texts, because they ARE so pedantic. This feels like a solution: all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, but intentionally packaged in a way that is consumable both in and out of academia. Cooper's narrative voice feels like a friend sitting you down, presenting the facts, and demanding that you listen. It feels more conversational than academic, and it's a page-turner because of it.This book is triumphantly Black. Specifically, Black feminist. Cooper's insight and analysis of the experience of Black women are rooted in her own experiences. I love that she is both radical in her celebration of Black women and Black feminism, and that she simultaneously acknowledges that sometimes you just want to watch a romcom, and that doesn't mean you need to hand in your feminism card. I suspect that there will be some people--white men and women, black men, perhaps even other black women--we read this and take offense at Cooper's call-outs. If you find yourself in this category, I recommend some internal reflection. If a statement about "white feminists" has you foaming at the mouth, it says more about your performance of inclusive, intersectional feminism than it does about Cooper's arguments. Like I already said--I can't recommend this enough.
    more
  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    This book is exceptional brilliance! Professor Brittney Cooper manages to delve into structural inequalities with personal insight and depth that draws the reader in. Especially in this current social and political context, everyone needs to read this masterpiece!
    more
  • Kate Dansette
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.This book was amazing. Professor Cooper writes about black feminism from a personal perspective and I was repeatedly blown away by her incisive anger (the book delivers on its title and then some). As the author says herself, she eats white lady tears for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her views on pop culture (mostly Beyonce, because duh) and politics are spot on 100% of the time and where applicable, hilarious to boot.
    more
  • Daniel Casey
    January 1, 1970
    In an prose style both academically serious & yet casually accessible, Cooper gives readers a primer on the deep roots of feminism and how it can, ought to be practiced today. Her tone is at once personal, riveting, and urgent making these essays perhaps some of the best for those black women looking for solidarity--it is also perhaps one of the best critiques of white feminism one can find making it indispensable to white women and all men.
    more
  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up. Full review is in progress.