Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. The name "bell hooks" is borrowed from her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks.
bell hooks in October 2014
Gloria Jean Watkins
September 25, 1952
|Education||Stanford University (BA)|
University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA)
University of California, Santa Cruz (PhD)
|Occupation||Author, academic, feminist and social activist|
|Known for||Oppositional gaze|
Coining the term "Imperialist White-Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy"
The focus of hooks' writing has been the intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender, and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. She has published over 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, appeared in documentary films, and participated in public lectures. She has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media, and feminism.
Hooks was born in Hopkinsville, a small, segregated town in Kentucky, to a working-class family. Her father, Veodis Watkins, was a custodian and her mother, Rosa Bell Watkins, was a homemaker. She had five sisters and one brother. An avid reader, she was educated in racially segregated public schools, and wrote of great adversities when making the transition to an integrated school, where teachers and students were predominantly white. She later graduated from Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She obtained her BA in English from Stanford University in 1973, and her MA in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1976.
Hooks' teaching career began in 1976 as an English professor and senior lecturer in Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California. During her three years there, Golemics, a Los Angeles publisher, released her first published work, a chapbook of poems titled "And There We Wept" (1978), written under her pen name, "bell hooks". She adopted her maternal great-grandmother's name as a pen name because her great-grandmother "was known for her snappy and bold tongue, which [she] greatly admired". She put the name in lowercase letters "to distinguish [herself from] her great-grandmother." She said that her unconventional lowercasing of her name signifies what is most important is her works: the "substance of books, not who I am."
She taught at several post-secondary institutions in the early 1980s and 1990s, including the University of California, Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, Yale, Oberlin College and City College of New York. South End Press published her first major work, Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism in 1981, though it was written years earlier, while she was an undergraduate student. In the decades since its publication, Ain't I a Woman? has gained widespread recognition as an influential contribution to feminist thought.
Ain't I a Woman? examines several recurring themes in her later work: the historical impact of sexism and racism on black women, devaluation of black womanhood, media roles and portrayal, the education system, the idea of a white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy, the marginalization of black women, and the disregard for issues of race and class within feminism. Since the publication of Ain't I a Woman?, she has become eminent as a leftist and postmodern political thinker and cultural critic. She targets and appeals to a broad audience by presenting her work in a variety of media using various writing and speaking styles. As well as having written books, she has published in numerous scholarly and mainstream magazines, lectures at widely accessible venues, and appears in various documentaries.
She is frequently cited by feminists as having provided the best solution to the difficulty of defining something as diverse as "feminism", addressing the problem that if feminism can mean everything, it means nothing. She asserts an answer to the question "what is feminism?" that she says is "rooted in neither fear nor fantasy... 'Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression'".
She has published more than 30 books, ranging in topics from black men, patriarchy, and masculinity to self-help, engaged pedagogy to personal memoirs, and sexuality (in regards to feminism and politics of aesthetic/visual culture). A prevalent theme in her most recent writing is the community and communion, the ability of loving communities to overcome race, class, and gender inequalities. In three conventional books and four children's books, she suggests that communication and literacy (the ability to read, write, and think critically) are crucial to developing healthy communities and relationships that are not marred by race, class, or gender inequalities.
She has held positions as Professor of African-American Studies and English at Yale University, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and American Literature at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and as Distinguished Lecturer of English Literature at the City College of New York.
In 2002, hooks gave a commencement speech at Southwestern University. Eschewing the congratulatory mode of traditional commencement speeches, she spoke against what she saw as government-sanctioned violence and oppression, and admonished students who she believed went along with such practices. This was followed by a controversy described in the Austin Chronicle after an "irate Arizonian" had criticized the speech in a letter to the editor. The newspaper reported that many in the audience booed the speech, though "several graduates passed over the provost to shake her hand or give her a hug".
In 2004, she joined Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, as Distinguished Professor in Residence, where she participated in a weekly feminist discussion group, "Monday Night Feminism"; a luncheon lecture series, "Peanut Butter and Gender"; and a seminar, "Building Beloved Community: The Practice of Impartial Love".
She has undertaken three scholar-in-residences at The New School. Mostly recently she did one for a week in October 2014. She engaged in public dialogues with Gloria Steinem, Laverne Cox, and Cornel West.
Those who have influenced hooks include African-American abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth (whose speech Ain't I a Woman? inspired her first major work), Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (whose perspectives on education she embraces in her theory of engaged pedagogy), Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest Gustavo Gutiérrez, psychologist Erich Fromm, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, African-American writer James Baldwin, Guyanese historian Walter Rodney, African-American black nationalist leader Malcolm X, and African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (who addresses how the strength of love unites communities). Hooks says of Martin Luther King Jr.'s notion of a beloved community, "He had a profound awareness that the people involved in oppressive institutions will not change from the logics and practices of domination without engagement with those who are striving for a better way."
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of FreedomEdit
In her 1994 book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, hooks writes about a transgressive approach in education where educators can teach students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom. To educate as the practice of freedom, bell hooks describes it as "a way of teaching in which anyone can learn." Hooks combines her practical knowledge and personal experiences of the classroom with feminist thinking and critical pedagogy. Hooks investigates the classroom as a source of constraint but also a potential source of liberation. She argues that teachers' use of control and power over students dulls the students' enthusiasm and teaches obedience to authority, "confin[ing] each pupil to a rote, assembly-line approach to learning." She advocates that universities should encourage students and teachers to transgress, and seeks ways to use collaboration to make learning more relaxing and exciting. She describes teaching as a performative act and teachers as catalysts that invite everyone to become more engaged and activated. Performative aspect of learning "offers the space for change, invention, spontaneous shifts, that can serve as a catalyst drawing out the unique elements in each classroom." Hooks also dedicated a chapter of the book to Paulo Freire, written in a form of a playful dialogue between herself, Gloria Watkins and her writing voice, bell hooks. In the last chapter of the book, hooks raised the critical question of eros or the erotic in classrooms environment. According to hooks, eros and the erotics do not need to be denied for learning to take place. She argues that one of the central tenets of feminist pedagogy has been to subvert the mind-body dualism and allow oneself as a teacher to be whole in the classroom, and as a consequence wholehearted.
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of HopeEdit
In 2004, ten years after the success of Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks published Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. In this book, hooks offers advice about how to continue to make the classroom a place that is life-sustaining and mind expanding, a place of liberating mutuality where teacher and student together work in partnership. Hooks writes that education as a practice of freedom enable us to confront feelings of loss and restore our sense of connections and consequently teaches us how to create community. Hooks locates hope in places of struggle where she witnessed individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. For hooks educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness.
All About Love: New VisionsEdit
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After many disputes with ex-boyfriends about the nature of love, bell hooks published All About Love: New Visions in 2000. She explains how her past two long-term boyfriends were foiled by "patriarchal thinking" and sexist gender roles, so neither relationship ever really had a chance. She continuously wanted to recommend a book for the men to read, but could not find one that would clearly make her point to support her argument. For this reason, she decided to write her own, which would go into depth about her true feelings towards love.
In this book, hooks combines her personal life experiences, along with philosophical and psychological ideas, to shape her thesis and discuss her main concepts. She criticizes the way in which love is used in today's society. To further explain, how we use the word without much meaning, when referring to how much we like or enjoy our favorite ice cream, color, or game. Hooks is very disturbed by the fact that our culture has lost the true meaning of love, and believes it is because we have no shared definition. For this reason, the first chapter of her book primarily focuses on what she thinks the definition of love is, which she explains includes components such as care, affection, trust, respect, honesty, communication, and commitment. She proposes that if we all came to the agreement that love is a verb rather than a noun, then we would all be happier. Hooks believes love is more of an interactive process. It is not about what we just feel, but more about what we do. She states, "So many people think that it's enough to say what they feel, even if their actions do not correspond to what they are feeling". Bell hooks strongly clarifies why society needs to adopt a universal definition of love.
Bell hooks began her book with a series of spiritual messages, which include biblical verses to support her definition of love. She claims that a standard definition of love must include spiritual growth for one's self and others. Although she refers to biblical messages, she does not promote religion in her book; on the contrary, she encourages spiritual thinking. Hooks identifies flaws with relationships nowadays since there is a loose understanding about love. She shares personal experiences about fearing rejection and emotional pain. As a result, she acknowledges lacking full commitment and expressing vulnerability because of the fear of not receiving those things in return, so giving care and affection are the minimal expectations she had in her relationships. However, those love components were not enough. Hooks introduces the necessity of practicing self-love and care to sustain healthy relationship with a concrete understanding of love.
Overall, this book sheds some light on what hooks sees as the modern day abandonment of love and what it means for people of today to experience love. One argument she proposes is how love cannot exist in the middle of a power struggle. Hooks goes as far as to present a number of problems she finds with our modern ideals of love and proposes their possible solutions. She includes the propositions of full reconstruction and transformation of modern-day love based on "affection, respect, recognition, commitment, trust and care" (Nonfiction Book Review). Hooks also points out what she sees to be the roots of the problems regarding modern day love, those being gender stereotypes, domination, control, ego, and aggression (Nonfiction Book Review).
Another argument hooks discusses is one in which she describes how starting from a very young age, boys and girls are constantly being knocked down and told to fit into the tiny boxes of characteristics that are expected of them. Hooks points out that the boy is denied his right to show, or even have, any true feelings. To further explain, she uses men in the American culture as an example, and describes how they have been socialized to mistrust the value and power of love. While the girl is taught that the most important thing she can do is change herself and her own feelings, with the hopes of attracting and pleasing everyone else. These unfair expectations lead boys and girls to grow up into men and women who are convinced that lies are the way to go, and no one should be showing their truest feelings to each other. This leads to the paradox hooks points out because in order to have a functional, and healthy loving relationship, honesty is a natural requirement. In bell hooks's own words, "Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love". Another central argument in hooks's All About Love is the way in which it is almost impossible for women to find happiness in what she sees as a brutal culture where men are taught to worry more about sexual satisfaction and performance than actually loving someone. This reality pointed out by hooks, paired with the fact that women focus so strongly on obtaining themselves a partner, leads to most relationships being completely one sided. In this case, the men are emotionally satisfied, and the women are left without any true happiness. Hooks points out that despite these evident problems in modern-day love culture, love can be revived, and this is what she is arguing throughout her book.
Bell hooks wrote this book to inform the world how we can change the way we think about love, our culture, and one another. She teaches us ways to love in a face of a planet of love-lessness. Her New Visions demonstrate how love is possible, and stress that all love is important—romantic, friendship, our love of strangers, and community.
Noting a lack of diverse voices in popular feminist theory, bell hooks published the book Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center in 1984. In this book, she argues that those voices have been marginalized, and states: "To be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body." Hooks argued that if feminism seeks to make women equal to men, then it is impossible because in Western society, not all men are equal. She claimed, "Women in lower class and poor groups, particularly those who are non-white, would not have defined women's liberation as women gaining social equality with men since they are continually reminded in their everyday lives that all women do not share a common social status."
She used the work as a platform to offer a new, more inclusive feminist theory. Her theory encouraged the long-standing idea of sisterhood but advocated for women to acknowledge their differences while still accepting each other. Hooks challenged feminists to consider gender's relation to race, class, and sex, a concept known as intersectionality. She also argues for the importance of male involvement in the equality movement, stating that, in order for change to occur, men must do their part. Hooks also calls for a restructuring of the cultural framework of power, one that does not find oppression of others necessary.
Part of this restructuring involves allowing men into the feminist movement, so that there is not a separationist ideology, so much as an incorporating camaraderie. Additionally, she shows great appreciation for the movement away from feminist thought as led by bourgeois white women, and towards a multidimensional gathering of both genders to fight for the raising up of women. This shifts the original focus of feminism away from victimization, and towards harboring understanding, appreciation, and tolerance for all genders and sexes so that all are in control of their own destinies, uncontrolled by patriarchal, capitalist tyrants.
Another part of restructuring the movement comes from education; bell hooks points out that there is an anti-intellectual stigma among the masses. Poor people do not want to hear from intellectuals because they are different and have different ideas. As bell hooks points out though, this stigma against intellectuals leads to poor people who have risen up to become graduates of post secondary education, to be shunned because they are no longer like the rest of the masses. In order for us to achieve equality, people must be able to learn from those who have been able to smash these stereotypes. This separation leads to further inequality and in order for the feminist movement to succeed, they must be able to bridge the education gap and relate to those in the lower end of the economic sphere. If they are able to do this, then there will be more success and less inequality.
In "Rethinking The Nature of Work", bell hooks goes beyond discussing work and raises a pertinent question that feminists may need to ask themselves. "Many Women active in feminist movement do not have radical political perspectives and are unwilling to face these realities, especially when they, as individuals, gain economic self-sufficiency within the existing structure."
In her book Reel to Real, hooks discusses the effect that movies have on any given individual, with specific emphasis on the black female spectator. She argues that, although we know that movies are not real life, "no matter how sophisticated our strategies of critique and intervention, [we] are usually seduced, at least for a time, by the images we see on the screen. They have power over us, and we have no power over them."
Hooks focuses on problematic racial representations. Bell hooks has written a number of essays and articles, and in Reel to Real she describes her experiences growing up watching mainstream movies as well as engaging in the media. Hooks believes that to engage in film was to engage in the negation of black female representation in the media. Hooks states, "Representation is the 'hot' issue right now because it's a major realm of power for any system of domination. We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation".
Asserting that for her, the "gaze" had always been political, bell hooks explains how growing up she began to grow curious as to how much influence black parents were given as a result of black slaves being punished for looking at their white owners. She wondered how much had been absorbed and carried on through the generations to shift not only parenting, but spectatorship as well. In what is described as an "oppositional gaze", hooks explains the sometimes overwhelming desire to look and thus stating that by looking, actually declares a defiantly, "Not only will I stare, I want my look to change reality." The cinema became a place of critical analysis and a place where black men could view narratives starring white women without the risk of being lynched or murdered for being perceived as a threat.
This article's Criticism or Controversy section may compromise the article's neutral point of view of the subject. (May 2017)
Although much of the criticism aimed at hooks is in regard to politics, liberals and conservatives alike have critiqued her informal style of writing.[original research?] After the release of her first book, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women in Feminism, hooks's writing was criticized as "ahistorical [and] unscholarly"; many[who?] complained about the absence of footnotes. Hooks does not provide a bibliography for any of her work, making it difficult to find the editors and publication information for the pieces listed under the "notes" section of her work. In "Theory as Liberatory Practice," hooks explains that her lack of conventional academic format was "motivated by the desire to be inclusive, to reach as many readers as possible in as many different locations as possible".
In "Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work; By bell hooks; Mother to Mother," Nicole Abraham criticizes hooks's unconventional format rationalization. Abraham suggests that, if her rationalization for not providing footnotes and bibliographic information in her writing is that it will help her reach a broader (presumably a less academic) audience, hooks either assumes the average person has "no real interest or knowledge about who really wrote what ideas and where we can look for more thoughts on similar subjects" or "she mean[s] that we are lazy readers who have not the sophistication to grapple with the complications of an endnote."
- Black Is... Black Ain't (1994)
- Give a Damn Again (1995)
- Cultural Criticism and Transformation (1997)
- My Feminism (1997)
- Voices of Power (1999)
- BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)
- I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America (2004)
- Writing About a Revolution: A Talk (2004)
- Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me (2004)
- Is Feminism Dead? (2004)
- Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (2008)
- Occupy Love (2012)
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics: The American Book Awards/ Before Columbus Foundation Award (1991)
- Ain't I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism: "One of the twenty most influential women's books in the last 20 years" by Publishers Weekly (1992)
- bell hooks: The Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Fund (1994)
- Happy to Be Nappy: NAACP Image Award nominee (2001)
- Homemade Love: The Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year (2002)
- Salvation: Black People and Love: Hurston Wright Legacy Award nominee (2002)
- bell hooks: Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life"
- bell hooks: The Atlantic Monthly's "One of our nation's leading public intellectuals"
- And there we wept: poems. 1978. OCLC 6230231.
- Hooks, Bell (1981). Ain't I a Woman?: Black women and feminism. ISBN 978-0-89608-129-1.
- Hooks, Bell (1984). Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. ISBN 978-0-89608-613-5.
Throughout the book the author explores various manifestations of her central contentions - that early feminist theory and practice was limited in scope, and that true feminist movement has the potential to vastly improve the lives of men and women alike
- Hooks, Bell (1989). Talking back: Thinking feminist, thinking Black. ISBN 978-0-921284-09-3.
- Hooks, Bell (1990). Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics. ISBN 978-0-921284-35-2.
- With Cornel West, Hooks, Bell; West, Cornel (1991). Breaking bread: insurgent Black intellectual life. ISBN 978-0-89608-414-8.
- Hooks, Bell (1992). Black looks: race and representation. ISBN 978-0-89608-434-6.
- Hooks, Bell (1993). Sisters of the yam: Black women and self-recovery. ISBN 978-1138821682.
- Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom. 1994. ISBN 978-0-415-90808-5.
- Hooks, Bell (1994). Outlaw culture: resisting representations. ISBN 978-0-415-90811-5.
- Hooks, Bell (1995). Killing rage: ending racism. ISBN 978-0-8050-5027-1.
- Hooks, Bell (1995). Art on my mind: visual politics. ISBN 978-1-56584-263-2.
- Hooks, Bell (1996). Reel to real: race, sex, and class at the movies. ISBN 978-0-415-91824-4.
- Hooks, Bell (1996). Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood. ISBN 978-0-8050-4146-0.
- Hooks, Bell (1997). Wounds of passion: a writing life. ISBN 978-0-8050-5722-5.
- Hooks, Bell (1999). Remembered rapture: the writer at work. ISBN 978-0-8050-5910-6.
- Hooks, Bell (2000). Justice: childhood love lessons. ISBN 978-0-688-16844-5.
- Hooks, Bell (2000). All About Love: New Visions. ISBN 978-0-06-095947-0.
- Feminism is for everybody: passionate politics. 2000. ISBN 978-0-89608-628-9.
- Hooks, Bell (2000). Where we stand: class matters. ISBN 978-0-415-92913-4.
- Hooks, Bell (2001). Salvation: Black people and love. ISBN 978-0-06-095949-4.
- Hooks, Bell (2002). Communion: the female search for love. ISBN 978-0-06-093829-1.
- Teaching community: a pedagogy of hope. New York: Routledge. 2003. ISBN 978-0-415-96818-8.
- Rock my soul: Black people and self-esteem. New York: Atria Books. 2003. ISBN 978-0-7434-5605-0.
- The will to change: men, masculinity, and love. New York: Atria Books. 2004. ISBN 978-0-7434-5607-4.
- Space. 2004.
- We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity. New York: Routledge. 2004. ISBN 978-0-203-64220-7.
- Soul sister: women, friendship, and fulfillment. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-89608-735-4.
- Witness. 2006.
- With Amalia Mesa-Bains, Homegrown: engaged cultural criticism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-89608-759-0.
- Belonging: a culture of place. New York: Routledge. 2009. ISBN 978-0-203-88801-8.
- Teaching critical thinking: practical wisdom. New York: Routledge. 2010. ISBN 978-0-415-96820-1.
- Appalachian elegy: poetry and place. Kentucky Voices Series. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8131-3669-1.
- Writing beyond race: living theory and practice. New York: Routledge. 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-53914-2.
- Happy to be nappy. Chris Raschka (illustrator). 1999. ISBN 978-0-7868-2377-2.
- Homemade Love. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 2002. ISBN 9780786825530.
- Be boy buzz. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 2002. ISBN 9780786816439.
- Skin again. Chris Raschka (illustrator). New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 2004. ISBN 9780786808250.
- Grump groan growl. Chris Raschka (illustrator). New York: Hyperion Books for Children. 2008. ISBN 9780786808168.
- hooks, bell (1993), "Black women and feminism", in Richardson, Laurel; Taylor, Verta A., Feminist frontiers III, New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 444–449, ISBN 9780075570011.
- hooks, bell (1996), "Continued devaluation of Black womanhood", in Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue, Feminism and sexuality: a reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 216–223, ISBN 9780231107082.
- hooks, bell (1997), "Sisterhood: political solidarity between women", in McClintock, Anne; Mufti, Aamir; Shohat, Ella, Dangerous liaisons: gender, nation, and postcolonial perspectives, Minnesota, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 396–414, ISBN 9780816626496.
- hooks, bell (2004), "Selling hot pussy: representations of Black female sexuality in the cultural marketplace", in Richardson, Laurel; Taylor, Verta A.; Whittier, Nancy, Feminist frontiers (5th ed.), Boston: McGraw-Hill, pp. 119–127, ISBN 9780072824230. Pdf.
- hooks, bell (2005), "Black women: shaping feminist theory", in Cudd, Ann E.; Andreasen, Robin O., Feminist theory: a philosophical anthology, Oxford, UK; Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 60–68, ISBN 9781405116619.
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- hooks, bell (Spring 1989). "From Black is a Woman's Color". Callaloo. 39 (39): 382–388. doi:10.2307/2931578. JSTOR 2931578.
- hooks, bell (Summer 1989). "Feminism and Black women's studies". Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. 6 (1): 54–56.
- hooks, bell (February 1990). "Future feminist movements". off our backs. 20 (2): 9. JSTOR 25797204.
- hooks, bell (September 1990). "Postmodern Blackness". Postmodern Culture. 1 (1). doi:10.1353/pmc.1990.0004.
- hooks, bell; Julien, Isaac (1991). "States of desire". Transition. 53 (53): 168–184. doi:10.2307/2935186. JSTOR 2935186. "Critic bell hooks and British filmmaker Isaac Julien on sex, style, and cinema."
- hooks, bell (Summer 1991). "Micheaux: Celebrating Blackness". Black American Literature Forum. 25 (2): 351–360. doi:10.2307/3041692. JSTOR 3041692.
- See also: Oscar Micheaux
- hooks, bell (Fall 1991). "Theory as liberatory practice". Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. 4 (1): 13–22. Pdf.
- See also: MacKinnon, Catharine A. (Fall 1991). "From practice to theory, or what is a white woman anyway?". Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. 4 (1): 13–22. Pdf.
- hooks, bell (January 1993). "Eros, eroticism and the pedagogical process". Cultural Studies. 7 (1): 58–63. doi:10.1080/09502389300490051.
- hooks, bell; Chua, Lawrence (Summer 1994). "bell hooks". BOMB. 48 (48): 24–28. JSTOR 40425413.
- hooks, bell (September–October 1994). "Black (and White) snapshots". Ms. 5 (2): 82–87. OCLC 775357876.
- hooks, bell; et al (symposium) (1995). "The crisis of African American gender relations". Transition. 66 (66): 91–175. doi:10.2307/2935286. JSTOR 2935286.
- hooks, bell (1995). "An aesthetics of blackness: strange and oppositional". Lenox Avenue: A Journal of Interarts Inquiry. 1: 65–72. doi:10.2307/4177045. JSTOR 4177045. Pdf.
- Also published as: hooks, bell (July–August 1990). "An aesthetics of blackness: strange and oppositional". Art Papers. 14 (4): 2–5. OCLC 39845279.
- hooks, bell (Fall–Winter 1995). "Feminism and militarism: a comment". Women's Studies Quarterly. 23 (3–4): 58–64. JSTOR 40003500.
- hooks, bell; McKinnon, Tanya (Summer 1996). "Sisterhood: beyond public and private". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 21 (4): 814–829. doi:10.1086/495122. JSTOR 3175025.
- hooks, bell (1997). "Review: the feminazi mystique". Transition. 73 (73): 156–162. doi:10.2307/2935451. JSTOR 2935451.
- hooks, bell (Winter 2000). "Remembered rapture: dancing with words". JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory. 20 (1): 1–8. JSTOR 20866297.
- hooks, bell (Summer 2008). "Free spirits: a legacy of wildness". Appalachian Heritage. 36 (3): 37–39. doi:10.1353/aph.0.0087.
- hooks, bell; Brosi, George (Fall 2012). "The beloved community: a conversation between bell hooks and George Brosi". Appalachian Heritage. 40 (4): 76–86. doi:10.1353/aph.2012.0109.
- hooks, bell (Fall 2014). "Call and response - taking a stand". Journal of Appalachian Studies. 20 (2): 122–123. doi:10.5406/jappastud.20.2.0122. JSTOR 10.5406/jappastud.20.2.0122.
- Dinitia Smith (September 28, 2006). "Tough arbiter on the web has guidance for writers". The New York Times. p. E3.
But the Chicago Manual says it is not all right to capitalize the name of the writer bell hooks because she insists that it be lower case.
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- "Feminism is for Everybody: Further Discussion". Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, Pluto Press, 2000.
- Lauri Apple. "bell hooks Digs In". The Austin Chronicle (May 24, 2002). Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- "Postmarks - Southwestern Graduation Debacle". The Austin Chronicle (May 24, 2002). Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Berea.edu Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Hooks, bell (2009-01-01). Belonging: a culture of place. ISBN 9780415968157.
- Vagianos, Alanna (October 7, 2014). "Gloria Steinem On The Great Part Of Feminism: 'We Have Each Other's Backs'". Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- Scherker, Amanda (October 10, 2014). "Laverne Cox And bell hooks Talk How To Survive The Patriarchy". Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- Notes on IAPL 2001 Keynote Speaker, bell hooks Archived January 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Building a Community of Love, bell hooks & Thich Nhat Hanh
- Brosi, George; Hooks, Bell (2012-01-01). "The Beloved Community: A Conversation between bell hooks and George Brosi". Appalachian Heritage. 40 (4): 76–86. doi:10.1353/aph.2012.0109. ISSN 1940-5081.
- 1952-, hooks, bell, (2014-03-18). Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom. New York. p. 11. ISBN 9781135200015. OCLC 877868009.
- (hooks, Teaching to Transgress 12)
- 1952-, hooks, bell, (1994). Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge. pp. 45–59. ISBN 978-0415908085. OCLC 30668295.
- 1952-, hooks, bell, (1994). Teaching to transgress : education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge. p. 193. ISBN 978-0415908085. OCLC 30668295.
- 1952-, hooks, bell, (2003). Teaching community : a pedagogy of hope. New York: Routledge. pp. XV. ISBN 9781135457921. OCLC 846494699.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 4. ISBN 9780060959470.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 5. ISBN 9780060959470.
- "CNN - bell hooks". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 6. ISBN 9780060959470.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 53. ISBN 9780060959470.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 49. ISBN 9780060959470.
- hooks, bell (2001). all about love - new visions. New York: HarperCollins. p. 176. ISBN 9780060959470.
- (hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, xvi)
- (hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center)
- hooks, bell (1984). Feminist Theory : From Margin to Center. London: Pluto Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-89608-614-2.
- hooks 1996.
- Bell-Scott, Patricia (1985). "The Centrality of Marginality". The Women's Review of Books. 2 (5): 3. doi:10.2307/4019632. JSTOR 4019632.
- Pettis, Joyce (1986). "A Review of Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center". Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 11 (4): 788–789. doi:10.1086/494279.
- Haley, Shelly (1995). "Practicing Freedom". The Women's Review of Books. 7 (6): 10–11.
- Abraham, Nicole (1999). "Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work; by bell hooks; Mother to Mother; by Sindiwe Magona". Southern African Feminist Review. 3 (2): 101.
- "bell hooks". Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.
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- hooks, bell; Trend, David (1996), "Representation and democracy an interview", in Trend, David, Radical democracy: identity, citizenship, and the state, New York: Routledge, pp. 228–236, ISBN 9780415912471
- Florence, Namulundah (1998). bell hooks' Engaged Pedagogy. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey. ISBN 978-0-89789-564-4. OCLC 38239473.
- Leitch et al., eds. "bell hooks." The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001. pp. 2475–2484. ISBN 0-393-97429-4
- South End Press Collective, ed. (1998). "Critical Consciousness for Political Resistance". Talking About a Revolution. Cambridge: South End Press. pp. 39–52. ISBN 978-0-89608-587-9. OCLC 38566253.
- Stanley, Sandra Kumamoto, ed. (1998). Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-02361-3. OCLC 36446785.
- Wallace, Michele (1998). Black Popular Culture. New York: The New Press. ISBN 978-1-56584-459-9. OCLC 40548914.
- Whitson, Kathy J. (2004). Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-32731-5. OCLC 54529420.
- Ejournal website (several critical resources for bell hooks)
- Real Change News (interview with hooks by Rosette Royale)
- bell hooks articles published in Lion's Roar magazine.
- South End Press (books by hooks published by South End Press)
- University of California, Santa Barbara (biographical sketch of hooks)
- "Postmodern Blackness" (article by hooks)
- Whole Terrain (articles by hooks published in Whole Terrain)
- Challenging Capitalism & Patriarchy (interviews with hooks by Third World Viewpoint)
- Ingredients of Love (an interview with ascent magazine)
- bell hooks on IMDb
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Interview in BOMB magazine