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Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence

Critical Condition: Women on the Edge of Violence (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

Edited by Scholder, Amy

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Domestic violence and women who kill: essays, performance monologues, art by Sapphire, Dorothy Allison, Wanda Coleman, Theory Girls, Carrie Mae Weems.

ISBN 9780872862852
Published 1 November 1993 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780872862852
ISBN-10 0872862852
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 1 November 1993
International Publication Date 1 January 2001
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Scholder, Amy
Category Cultural Studies
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 220
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 241g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress American literature - 20th century, Women in art, Women - Crimes against - United States, American literature - Women authors, Violence - United States
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 305.4
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

While Aileen Wuornos, the alleged female serial killer who insists she killed in self-defense, sits on death row, Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story. Meanwhile, in our perverse justice system the sexual assaults and murders of forty-five women in San Diego are discounted by police and given file code name NHI, No Humans Involved, because the victims are perceived as marginal: sex workers, informants, homeless or working class women. The women in Critical Condition challenge abuse and invisbility with powerful literary and visual art. They put a spin on issues of women and violence by focusing on women who fight back, sometimes killing their abusers; women who control their own sexualities and challenge conventional ideas of sex; women who assert images of themselves in a cultural landscape where none appear; women who reframe personal histories that were meant to shame them into oblivion. Critical Condition includes Carla Kirkwood's autobiographical performance monologue about a girl, sexually abused by the men in her family, who becomes a feminist activist in the '70s, and an artist in the '90s. In impassioned poetry, Wanda Coleman takes a look of the embattled lives of African-Americans, particularly in Los Angeles. Sapphire's searing poems about race and self-realization expose the fallacy of the nuclear family and vicious cycle of domestic violence. The Theory Girls' performance script, If You Were like the Heroine in a Country and Western Song , is both detailed expose and black comedy framing the relationship between Aileen Wuornos and Arlene Pralle (the born-again Christian who became enamored of Wuornos after her conviction) within the context of Hollywood'sfascination for women with guns. Here, too, are panel discussions, taken from a conference at The Lab and San Francisco Camerawork, that focus on self-revelation and art, women who kill, and the question of race and gender in the media. There are over twenty-five pages of visual art, including the Women's Work billboard campaign promoting public awareness of domestic violence, with work by Barbara Kruger and Carrie Mae Weems. Critical Condition shows women on the edge of violence, defending themselves, asserting public images that resist conventional ideas of powerlessness and victimization, and combatting the dominant paradigm with irreverence and fierce commitment.

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