SWIP:  Society for Women in Philosophy

SWIP Suggested Readings
on African American Feminist Theory

A Bibliography Developed by
Jennifer Warner and Kelli Harrison,
Seniors at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Spring 1998

Historical background:

Paula Giddings, When and Where I enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, William Morrow and Company, (New York 1984).

Jaqueline Jones, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present, Vintage (New York, 1995)

Barbara Smith ed., Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, (New York 1983)


Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power, Anchor Books (New York, 1992)

Angela Davis, An Autobiography, Random House, (New York, 1974)

Assata Shakur, Assata: an Autobiography, Lawrence Hill and Company (Westport Connecticut, 1987)

Audre Lorde, Zami, a New Spelling of My Name

Critiques and New Directions

Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought

Angela Davis, Women Race and Class

Bell Hooks, Black Women and Feminism

Feminist theory: from margin to Center

Joy James, Resisting State Violence in US Culture: Anti Racisms, Feminisms and Political Coalitions

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider


Toni Morrison, ed., Racing Justice

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Words of Fire: an Anthology of African American Feminist Thought

Adrian Katherine Wing, ed., Critical Race Feminism: a reader,

Also recommended:

Gloria Anzaldua, Haciendo Caras/Making Face/Making Soul

Himani Bannerji, Thinking Through: Essays on Feminism, Marxism, and Anti Racism

Himani Bannerji, ed., Returning the Gaze, Essays on Racism, Feminism and Politics

Stanlie James and Abena P.A. Busia, eds., Theorizing Black Feminisms: the Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women

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