The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom (Lesbian & Gay Studies)

Smith, Barbara

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Synopsis: This work brings together more than two decades of literary criticism and political thought about gender, race, sexuality, power and social change. As one of the first writers in the United States to claim black feminism for black women in the early 1970s, Barbara Smith's work has been groundbreaking in defining a black women's literary tradition; in examining the sexual politics of the lives of black and other women of colour; in representing the lives of black lesbians and gay men; and in making connections between race, class, sexuality and gender. Smith's essay "Toward a Black Feminist Criticism", is often cited as a major catalyst in opening the field of black women's literature. This essay also presented the first serious discussion of black lesbian writing. Essays about racism in the women's movement, black and Jewish relations, and homophobia in the black community have ignited dialogue about topics that few other writers address. The collection also brings together topical political commentaries that examine the 1968 Chicago convention demonstrations; attacks on the NEA; the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Senate hearings; and police brutality against Rodney King and Abner Louima. It also includes a never before published personal essay on racial violence, the day-to-day life of Kitchen Table Press and the bonds between black women that make it possible to survive. Smith's writing offers a rare combination of intellectual challenge and an accessible personal voice. Her commitment to telling the truth about difficult, even volatile issues, makes a unique contribution to American literature and social thought.

About the Author: Barbara Smith is co-founder and publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. She has been writer in residence and taught at numerous colleges and universities for over twenty-five years. Her articles, essays, literary criticism, and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., and Gay Community News. She has edited three major collections about Black women: Conditions: Five, The Black Women's Issue (with Lorraine Bethel), All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies (with Gloria T. Hull and Patricia Bell Scott), and home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. She is also co-author with Elly Bulkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt of the editors of The Readers Companion to US Women's History.

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