Faculty Book: Christa Davis Acampora, ed.

Christa Davis Acampora and Angela L. Cotton, eds.

Unmaking Race, Remaking Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom
(SUNY Press, 2007)

This book explores innovative approaches to analyzing cultural productions through which women of color have challenged and undermined social and political forces that work to oppress them. Emphasizing art-making practices that emerge out of the experience of women of color, leading contributors to the fields of contemporary psychoanalytic literary analysis, Latin American studies, feminist theory, Native women’s studies, Africana studies, philosophy, and art history examine the relationship between the aesthetic and the political. The book focuses on the idea of aesthetic agency through which one develops different modes of expression and creative practices that facilitate personal and social transformation. Aesthetic agency is liberating—it not only frees our creative capacities but also expands our capacity for joy and our abilities to know, to judge, and to act. Artists considered include Nadema Agard, Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, and Carrie Mae Weems. Christa Davis Acampora is an assistant professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: SEP 13, 2007

Category: Faculty Books, Philosophy