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Part 1 Other questions - critical contexts: the new cultural politics of difference, Cornel West; modernism, postmodernism and the problem of the visual in Afro-American culture, Michele Wallace; the straight mind, Monique Wittig; what is a minor literature?, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; the other question - difference, discrimination and the discourse of colonialism, Homi K. Bhabha; missionary positions - AIDS, Africa and race, Simon Watney; uneven development - public art in New York city, Rosalyn Deutsche; please wait by the coatroom, John Yau; on collecting art and culture, James Clifford. Part 2 Wild tongues - affirming identities: the names we give ourselves, Martha Gever; how to tame a wild tongue, Gloria Anzaldua; repetition as a figure of black culture, James A. Snead; mourning and militancy, Douglas Crimp; black hair/style politics, Kobena Mercer; complexion, Richard Rodriguez; age, race, class, and sex - women redefining difference, Audre Lorde; coming to terms, Richard Dyer; the site of memory, Toni Morrison. Part 3 Marginalia - displacement and resistance: cotton and iron, Trinh T. Minh-ha; talking back, Bell Hooks; marginality as site of resistance; castration or decapitation?, Helene Cixous; reflections on exile, Edward Said; ons stel nie belang/we are not interested in - speaking apartheid, Linda Peckham; explanation and culture - marginalia, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; thoughts on nomadic aesthetics and black independent cinema - traces of a journey, Teshome H. Gabriel; socioacupuncture - mythic reversals and the striptease in four scenes, Gerald Vizenor.

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" Out There collects classic essays - Monique Wittig"s "The Straight Mind," Gayatri Spivak"s "Explanation and Culture: Matginalia" - as well as lesser-known pieces like Richard Rodriguez"s "Complexion," all kicked off by Cornel West"s brilliant polemic "The New Cultural Politics of Difference." This is a magnificent compendium of non-Eurocentric, non-heterosexist writing, a manual for what West calls "intellectual and political freedom-fighters." Village Voice

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" Out There collects classic essays - Monique Wittig"s "The Straight Mind," Gayatri Spivak"s "Explanation and Culture: Matginalia" - as well as lesser-known pieces like Richard Rodriguez"s "Complexion," all kicked off by Cornel West"s brilliant polemic "The New Cultural Politics of Difference." This is a magnificent compendium of non-Eurocentric, non-heterosexist writing, a manual for what West calls "intellectual and political freedom-fighters." Village Voice

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Russell Ferguson is Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and Chief Curator at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum.

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" Out There collects classic essays - Monique Wittig"s "The Straight Mind," Gayatri Spivak"s "Explanation and Culture: Matginalia" - as well as lesser-known pieces like Richard Rodriguez"s "Complexion," all kicked off by Cornel West"s brilliant polemic "The New Cultural Politics of Difference." This is a magnificent compendium of non-Eurocentric, non-heterosexist writing, a manual for what West calls "intellectual and political freedom-fighters." Village Voice

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