No Black woman writer in this culture can write ‘too much.’ Indeed, no woman writer can write ‘too much.’ … No woman has ever written enough.
– bell hooks, Remembered Rapture: The Writer At Work, 1999
The work of bell hooks, who passed away last week, has been influential for so many of us. On today’s show, Tuesday host Ali Muldrow pays tribute to her with special guest Dr. Sami Schalk.
They spend the hour considering bell hooks’ immense—and, at times, controversial—body of work on race, gender, class and “the possibilities of faith, the possibilities of our families, the possibilities of communities” in imagining a better future.
Rest in Power, bell hooks.
Sami Schalk is an associate professor in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture, especially African American and women’s texts. She is the author of Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke University Press, 2018) and a board member of Freedom, Inc.
Cover photo: bell hooks at a talk in 2009, shared under public domain