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Readings Inspired by Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. On Februrary 20, 2014 she gave a talk to the UVM community about her life experiences, inspiration, and advocacy. In her talk, Ms. Cox mentioned several seminal texts that were particularly inspirational in her life. We have many of these works in the Bailey/Howe Library.

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Cornel West - George Yancy (Editor); Cornel West
Call Number: E185.86 .W4383 2001
ISBN: 063122291X
Publication Date: 2001-08-30
This comprehensive text offers a systematic and thematic approach to West′s philosophical work. It moves the reader through his distinctive form of prophetic pragmatism, his historicist and improvisational philosophy of religion, his socialist democratic and truncated Marxist political philosophy, and his reflections on a range of cultural issues.

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Keeping Faith - Cornel West
Call Number: E185.615 .W427 1993
ISBN: 0415904862
Publication Date: 1993-09-09
In this powerful collection by one of today's leading African American intellectuals, Keeping Faith situates the current position of African Americans, tracing the geneology of the "Afro-American Rebellion" from Martin Luther King to the rise of black revolutionary leftists. In Cornel West's hands issues of race and freedom are inextricably tied to questions of philosophy and, above all, to a belief in the power of the human spirit.

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Breaking Bread - bell hooks; Cornel West
Call Number: E185.86 .H735 1991
ISBN: 0896084140
Publication Date: 1999-07-01
'A series of dialogues between and interviews with two of the foremost black intellectuals in America today, this volume is of enormous importance and offers rewarding reading.' Publishers WeeklyIn this provocative and captivating dialogue, hooks and West grapple with the dilemmas, contradictions, and joys of Black intellectual life. Creating a spiritual, progressive, feminist, and ultimately organic definition of Black intellectuality, they passionately discuss issues ranging in subject matter from theology and the Left, to contemporary music, film, and fashion.

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Ain't I a Woman - bell hooks
Call Number: E185.86 .H68
ISBN: 089608129X
Publication Date: 1999-07-01
A groundbreaking work of feminst history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression. 'Ain't I a Woman' examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women's movement, and black women's involvement with feminsim.

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Feminist Theory - bell hooks; Manning Marable (Editor)
Call Number: HQ1426 .H675 2000
ISBN: 0745316638
Publication Date: 2000-05-01
Feminist Theory established bell hooks as one of international feminism's most challenging and influential voices. This edition includes a new preface by the author, reflecting on the book's impact and the development of her ideas since it was first published. In this beautifully written and carefully argued work, hooks maintains that mainstream feminism's reliance on white, middle-class, and professional spokeswomen obscures the involvement, leadership, and centrality of women of colour and poor women in the movement for women's liberation. Hooks argues that feminism's goal of seeking credibility and acceptance on already existing ground - rather than demanding the lasting and more fundamental transformation of society - has shortchanged the movement.A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics, Feminist Theory argues that contemporary feminists must acknowledge the full complexity and diversity of women's experience to create a mass movement to end women's oppression.

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Journey Toward Freedom - Jacqueline Bernard; Nell Irvin Painter (Introduction by)
Call Number: E185.97 .T8 B47 1990
ISBN: 1558610243
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
nbsp; First published in 1967 and based on extensive primary research, Jacqueline Bernard's widely praised biography of the remarkable woman known as Sojourner Truth is an important historical document, as compassionately told as it is engrossing to read. In the 'New York Times Book Review' , Richard Ellman wrote: "Quietly factual when it suits her story, but lyrical when the demand arises, Jacqueline Bernard has succeeded on nearly every account. A good popular history." Truth was born a slave in 1797, gained her freedom some 30 years later, and at the age of 46 began a new life, traveling the country to preach about God and crusade against slavery. Known for her wit, her songs, and her great common sense, she electrified audiences as she championed women's rights, prison reform, and better working conditions.

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The Second Sex - Constance Borde (Translator); Sheila Malovany-Chevallier (Translator); Simone de Beauvoir
Call Number: HQ1208 .B352 2010
ISBN: 9780307265562
Publication Date: 2010-04-13
Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, and brilliantly introduced by Judith Thurman, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to explore the power of sexuality.

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Undoing Gender - Judith Butler
Call Number: HQ1075 .B89 2004
ISBN: 0415969239
Publication Date: 2004-08-17
Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation. In terms that draw from feminist and queer theory, Butler considers the norms that govern--and fail to govern--gender and sexuality as they relate to the constraints on recognizable personhood. The book constitutes a reconsideration of her earlier view on gender performativity from Gender Trouble. In this work, the critique of gender norms is clearly situated within the framework of human persistence and survival. And to "do" one's gender in certain ways sometimes implies "undoing" dominant notions of personhood. She writes about the "New Gender Politics" that has emerged in recent years, a combination of movements concerned with transgender, transsexuality, intersex, and their complex relations to feminist and queer theory.

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Gender Trouble - Judith Butler
Call Number: HQ1154 .B88 1990
ISBN: 0415900433
Publication Date: 1989-11-15
Ever since feminist theory introduced the distinction between sex and gender, the question of what it means to be a woman has preoccupied feminist thought. In Gender Trouble Judith Butler questions whether it is possible to "be" a woman at all or, for that matter, any gender.

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Daring Greatly - Brené Brown
Call Number: BF575.A85 B76 2012
ISBN: 9781592407330
Publication Date: 2012-09-11
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Bren Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

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The Gifts of Imperfection - Brené Brown
Call Number: BF575.S37 B76 2010
ISBN: 9781592858491
Publication Date: 2010-08-27
#1 on The New York Times Best Seller Advice, How-To List In "The Gifts of Imperfection," Brene Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living--a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

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