Synopses & Reviews
Michele Wallace's Groundbreaking Black feminist intervention into the maelstrom of cultural criticism was widely revered when it was first published in 1990. Now, in this new edition, she updates and extends the work for new and revisiting audiences. The early parts of this classic include a consideration of the work of her mother, the artist Faith Ringgold; recollections of her development as a writer in the 1970s. To the examination of the legacy of black artists--among them Zora Neale Hurston, Spike Lee and Michael Jackson--are added many previously unpublished interviews and profiles: of Richard Pryor, Nona Hendryx, Grace Jones, Iman, Alvin Ailey and others. Wallace has also added a new preface which repositions the text in a contemporary context. With its combination of journalistic flair and scholarly rigor, and its insistence on posing the tough questions which black feminist theory must address, Invisibility Blues remains a landmark in cultural studies and a fundamental document in the history of black feminism.
Invisibility Blues shows why Michele Wallace has long been at the forefront of African-American cultural criticism. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Michele Wallace is one of the most talented and provocative cultural critics now writing in the USA. Listen and learn! Cornel West
Michele Wallace keeps her eyes open and her wits about her. Scrupulously fair, honest, clever and wise. Angela Carter
Invisibility Blues is a warm book, even a hopeful one. Simultaneously confident and vulnerable, full of hard-earned insights into American culture and un-starry-eyed evaluations of the available role models, it is the unfinished saga of a proud outsider trying to make a place for herself and her sisters. Lucy R. Lippard
Courageous...outspoken...clear-eyed.Wonderful...original. -- Susan Brown Miller
Courageous...outspoken...clear-eyed. Publishers Weekly
Wonderful...original. Susan Brown Miller
A new and updated edition of the classic work of black feminism.
First published in 1990, Invisibility Blues is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of black feminism. The original edition includes an exploration of the work of her mother, the artist Faith Ringgold, recollections of her early life in Harlem, an account of her development as a writer in the 1970s, and investigations of the legacy of black artists such as Zora Neale Hurston, Spike Lee and Michael Jackson. To this long-awaited new edition, Michele Wallace has added an extensive new introduction, as well as some photographs from her family's collection documenting the 70s and 80s.
Michele Wallace asks the tough questions which any book about the black experience of America must address, and this new edition of Invisiblity Blues will challenge and inform a new audience with the combination of literary flair and scholarly rigor that has made it an acknowledged classic.
First published in 1990, Michele Wallace’s Invisibility Blues
is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of black feminism. Wallace’s considerations of the black experience in America include recollections of her early life in Harlem; a look at the continued underrepresentation of black voices in politics, media, and culture; and the legacy of such figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. Wallace addresses the tensions between race, gender, and society, bringing them into the open with a singular mix of literary virtuosity and scholarly rigor.
With an updated introduction, this new edition of Invisibility Blues challenges and informs with the plain-spoken truth that has made it an acknowledged classic.
New and updated edition of the classic work of black feminism.
About the Author
earned her Ph.D. in Cinema Studies at New York University. She is a professor of English at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her seminal book Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
is also available from Verso.
Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa’aloa, Hawaii.
Michael Sprinker was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the History of Historical Materialism and History and Ideology in Proust are also published by Verso. Together with Mike Davis, he founded Verso’s Haymarket Series and guided it until his death in 1999.