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Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (Verso Classics)

Michele Wallace, Wallace


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Originally published in 1978, this book caused a storm of controversy as Michele Wallace blasted the masculinist bias of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by the patriarchal culture of Black Power and the ways in which a genuine female subjectivity was blocked by the traditional myths of black womanhood. In 1990 the author added a new introduction examining the debate the book had sparked between intellectuals and political leaders; an extensive bibliography of contemporary black feminist studies was also added. "Black Macho "raised issues and arguments that framed the terms of current feminist and black theory and continues to be relevant today.

Praise For Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (Verso Classics)

“Serious, well-written, effective in its demystification, valuable as a model of hardheaded but caring analysis, principled in its criticism ... Wallace’s fearless presentation of her analysis quite takes the breath away.” —Toni Cade Bambara, Washington Post

“Courageous, outspoken, clear-eyed.” —Publishers Weekly

Verso, 9781859842966, 268pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1999

About the Author

Michele Wallace 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.