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bell hooks: Biography

bell hooksbell hooks (September 25, 1952 - December 15, 2021)

Hooks attended Crispus Attucks High School in Hopkinsville. After graduation she enrolled at Stanford University in Stanford, California; she obtained her B.A. degree in English in 1973. In 1976 she earned her master’s degree, also in English, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She then began teaching English at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; she remained there until 1979. In the early 1980’s she taught courses in creative writing, African American literature, and composition at several institutions, including the University of California at Santa Cruz. While teaching, Hooks also pursued her Ph.D. She received her doctoral degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1983. Teaching and earning her Ph.D., however, were not the only activities absorbing Hooks’s energy during this period. In 1981 she published her first book, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. Continue . . .

        Source: Smrcka, Traci S. “Bell Hooks.” Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition, Jan. 2003, pp. 1–2. From Literary Reference Center Plus database.

Book Collection

Belonging: A Culture of Place
Sisters of the Yam
Feminism Is for Everybody : Passionate Politics
Where We Stand : Class Matters
Wounds of Passion


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