Wallace, Michele, -1974

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Michele Wallace is best known for her first book, "Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman." A feminist scholar, cultural critic and intellectual, Wallace began her writing career while she was student at City College of New York. Throughout the 1970s, her articles, essays, interviews and editorials appeared in newspapers and journals such as "The Village Voice," "Newsweek," and "Ms. Magazine," and later "The New York Times" and "Transitions." "Black Macho" (1979), Wallace's polemic was an instant bestseller. It is considered the first collection of essays published by a black woman, and the first book published by a black feminist. Wallace has taught at various colleges and universities over the course of her career, in addition to freelance writing.

In Wallace's second book, "Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory" (1991) she considers black popular cultural icons such as Michael Jackson, Ntozake Shange, Spike Lee, and her mother, Faith Ringgold, as well as black feminism. The book helped to establish Wallace as a formidable cultural critic. In her third collection, Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2004) Wallace continues to mine her theoretical preoccupations on autobiography, black feminism, postmodernism, and pop culture, and offers provocative critiques on intellectuals Henry Louis Gates, Jr, and bell hooks.

From the description of Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 752306365

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creatorOf Wallace, Michele. Wallace, Michele: Art World Personality Files. Whitney Museum of American Art, Library
creatorOf Wallace, Michele. Michele Wallace papers, ca. 1940-2004. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Bradley, Ed, 1941-2006. person
associatedWith Dunye, Cheryl. person
associatedWith Fritz, Leah, 1931- person
associatedWith Fusco, Coco. person
associatedWith Gates, Henry Louis. person
associatedWith Golden, Thelma. person
associatedWith Guy-Sheftall, Beverly. person
associatedWith Hendryx, Nona. person
associatedWith Hooks, Bell. person
associatedWith Iman, 1955- person
associatedWith Jefferson, Margo. person
associatedWith Jones, Grace. person
associatedWith Lee, Spike. person
associatedWith Mankiller, Wilma Pearl, 1945-2010. person
associatedWith Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Nelson, Jill. person
associatedWith Nesmith, Gene. person
associatedWith Painter, Nell Irvin. person
associatedWith Pryor, Richard. person
associatedWith Reed, Ishmael, 1938- person
associatedWith Riggs, Marlon T. person
associatedWith Ringgold, Faith. person
associatedWith Shange, Ntozake. person
associatedWith Sisterhood (Organization : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Barbara. person
associatedWith Spillers, Hortense J. person
associatedWith Steinem, Gloria. person
associatedWith Sykes, Roberta B. person
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associatedWith Walker, Alice. person
associatedWith West, Cornel. person
associatedWith Whitney Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Sherley Anne, 1944-1999. person
associatedWith Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation. corporateBody
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New York (State)--New York
United States
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Modernism (Literature)
Popular culture--History--20th century
Feminism and literature
African American families
American literature--Women authors
African American artists
Criticism--History--20th century
Identity (Psychology) in literature
African Americans--Psychology
African American men
African American journalists
Feminists in literature
Rap (Music)
Authors, Black
African American women
African American authors
African American feminists
Philosophy, Modern


Death 1974


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