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The Revolution will be Autobio-Visualized: A Critical Analysis of Black Women’s Identity Construction in Autobiography about the Black Power Movement

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This essay argues that rhetorical studies on the Black Power Movement have failed to articulate and problematize the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Scholarly analyses tend to most commonly engage one or two areas as separate dimensions. This research employs womanist criticism to explicate the constitution of black female identity through Black Power Movement autobiographies. The investigation critically examines the discursive challenges circulating within the dominant society and how black women strategically resisted and countered oppressive constructions of black womanhood. Kathleen Cleaver (2001) submits the political activism at this time for black women enabled them to gain critical insights about race, gender, sexuality, and class. Specifically, I analyze Assata, A Taste of Power, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, and Unbought and Unbossed. I propose these black female autobiographies about the Black Power Movement constitute a black female identity that countered the dominant discursive frames about black womanhood and are an integrally significant aspect of Black Power Movement knowledge. I also suggests the act of writing autobiography should be constituted as a “rhetoric of survival,” offering black women a “safe space” to undergo internal surgery on themselves, their communities, black men, and society. As Collins (1990) notes, their autobiographies represent them as “centerwomen” in their respective safe spaces of activism and resistance.

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black women, black power, identity, social movement, autobiography
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Gaines, Rondee. "The Revolution will be Autobio-Visualized: A Critical Analysis of Black Women’s Identity Construction in Autobiography about the Black Power Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sep 30, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377308_index.html>

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Gaines, R. , 2009-09-30 "The Revolution will be Autobio-Visualized: A Critical Analysis of Black Women’s Identity Construction in Autobiography about the Black Power Movement" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377308_index.html

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Abstract: This essay argues that rhetorical studies on the Black Power Movement have failed to articulate and problematize the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Scholarly analyses tend to most commonly engage one or two areas as separate dimensions. This research employs womanist criticism to explicate the constitution of black female identity through Black Power Movement autobiographies. The investigation critically examines the discursive challenges circulating within the dominant society and how black women strategically resisted and countered oppressive constructions of black womanhood. Kathleen Cleaver (2001) submits the political activism at this time for black women enabled them to gain critical insights about race, gender, sexuality, and class. Specifically, I analyze Assata, A Taste of Power, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, and Unbought and Unbossed. I propose these black female autobiographies about the Black Power Movement constitute a black female identity that countered the dominant discursive frames about black womanhood and are an integrally significant aspect of Black Power Movement knowledge. I also suggests the act of writing autobiography should be constituted as a “rhetoric of survival,” offering black women a “safe space” to undergo internal surgery on themselves, their communities, black men, and society. As Collins (1990) notes, their autobiographies represent them as “centerwomen” in their respective safe spaces of activism and resistance.


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