bell hooks on I wanted to write…

bell hooks

A passionate scholar, philosopher, and educator, bell hooks is the critically acclaimed author of books on racism, feminism, education, class, and culture. A listing of just some of her titles shows the breadth and depth of thought and concerns: Critical Thinking, Teaching to Transgress, Sisters of the Yam, Teaching Community: The Politics of Hope, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics, All about Love, Feminism is for Everyone, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism, Ain’t I a Woman. bell hooks was born in 1952 in Kentucky and grew to womanhood during the Civil Rights Movement.

The following excerpt is from the preface of Critical Thinking (2009):

“I went to college to become a teacher. But I had no desire to teach. I wanted to be a writer. I soon learned that working menial jobs for long hours did not a writer make and came to accept that teaching was the best profession a writer could have. By the time I had finished graduate school I had encountered all types of teachers. Even though progressive teachers who educated for the practice of freedom were the exception, their presence inspired me. I knew that I wanted to follow their example and become a teacher who would help students become self-directed learners…Nurturing the self-development and self-actualization of students in the classroom, I soon learned to love teaching. I loved the students. I loved the classroom. I also found it profoundly disturbing that many of the abuses of power I experienced during my education were still commonplace, and I wanted to write about it.” (p. 3)

More on bell hooks:

English: Bell Hooks

bell hooks: Agent of Change  A Tricycle interview

bell hooks speaks  A Ms. Magazine interview

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5 Replies to “bell hooks on I wanted to write…”

    1. My favorite book of bell’s is Remembered Rapture. It is a book for and about writers. I love what she says about diaries: “However much the realm of diary-keeping has been a female experience that has often kept us closeted writers, away from the act of writing as authorship, it has most assuredly been a writing act that intimately connects the art of expressing one’s feeling on the written page with the construction of self and identity, with the effort to be fully self-actualized.

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