[2014] jenniferthomas4: Bell hooks

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[2014] jenniferthomas4: Bell hooks

bell hooksA.K.A. Gloria Jean Watkins

Although hooks is mainly known as a feminist thinker, her writings cover a broad range of topics on gender, race, teaching and the significance of media for contemporary culture. She strongly believes that these topics cannot be dealt with as separately, but must be understood as being interconnectedness. As an example, she refers to the idea of a "White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy" and its interconnectedness, rather than to its more traditionally separated and component parts.

BELL HOOKS WILL SAVE US ALL FROM THE LONG, SLOW DEATH THAT IS POPULAR FEMINISM, by Meghan Murphy, discusses how hooks manages to stay radical and bring forth unpopular and challenging arguments though she must experience enormous pushback.

In this two-part video, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, she makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism.

Although long, this video shows a discussion between hooks and other women talking about black feminism and other "taboo" ideas.

hook's Arguments:*hooks refuses to capitalize her name because it signifies that what is most important in her works is the "substance of books, not who I am."*Teachers' use of control and power over students dulls the students' enthusiasm and teaches obedience to authority, "confining each pupil to a rote, assembly line approach to learning."*In a truly postmodern fashion, bell hooks oscillates between different media, different writing tones, and different rhetorical forms in order to get to the heart of her concerns.*“You are not going to destroy this imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy by creating your own version of it even if it serves you to make lots and lots of money.”

The most interesting thing about hooks is her use of pop culture references in her teaching. This makes the lessons not only real life, but relevant and appealing to students. I believe this could be used in an English classroom by comparing works that are losely based on classic novels and plays to their orinigal and see how the people/ values are prtrayed in the different time periods.


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