Black Feminism Reimagined

After Intersectionality

Black Feminism Reimagined

Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies

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Book Pages: 184 Illustrations: Published: March 2019

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, American Studies, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies

In Black Feminism Reimagined Jennifer C. Nash reframes black feminism's engagement with intersectionality, often celebrated as its primary intellectual and political contribution to feminist theory. Charting the institutional history and contemporary uses of intersectionality in the academy, Nash outlines how women's studies has both elevated intersectionality to the discipline's primary program-building initiative and cast intersectionality as a threat to feminism's coherence. As intersectionality has become a central feminist preoccupation, Nash argues that black feminism has been marked by a single affect—defensiveness—manifested by efforts to police intersectionality's usages and circulations. Nash contends that only by letting go of this deeply alluring protectionist stance, the desire to make property of knowledge, can black feminists reimagine intellectual production in ways that unleash black feminist theory's visionary world-making possibilities.


"What Nash does in Black Feminism Reimagined is new, brave, and important." — Chelsea Johnson, Women's Review of Books

Black Feminism Reimagined takes stock of how the ubiquitous notion of intersectionality has become vexed by various appropriations and disparagements in the decades since it was first introduced into the tool kit of race and gender analysis. Jennifer C. Nash's eloquent appeal cautions against too-reactive defensiveness in response to those derangements. In this meticulous ‘critique [of] proprietary impulses,’ Nash deftly reorients the theory of intersectionality back toward its most generous and generative inspirations: vulnerability, intimacy, transnationalism, and the ethical practices of witnessing.” — Patricia J. Williams, author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor

“This book troubles the water of black feminism's various permutations. It asks tough questions and provides nuanced answers. It is a must-read for scholars in the field. Jennifer C. Nash is a key voice in black studies, and if we didn't know that before, we know it now.” — Sharon Patricia Holland, author of The Erotic Life of Racism


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Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University, author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography, also published by Duke University Press, and editor of Gender: Love.

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Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction: Feeling Black Feminism  1
1. A Love Letter from a Critic, or Notes on the Intersectionality Wars  33
2. The Politics of Reading  59
3. Surrender  81
4. Love in the Time of Death  111
Coda: Some of Us are Tired  133
Notes  139
Bibliography  157
Index  165
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Winner of the 2019 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

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