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Title Critical condition : women on the edge of violence / edited by Amy Scholder.

Published San Francisco : City Lights Books, [1993]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.9352042 CRIT    AVAILABLE
Physical description 185 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction / Amy Scholder -- MWI - Many Women Involved: A Performance Monologue / Carla Kirkwood -- On Curating Feminism, Activism & Art / Laura Brun and Rupert Jenkins -- Forum I: Women Who Kill / Elizabeth Sisco, Susan McWhinney, Leslie Ernst, Janet Dodson and Jeanne Finley -- Forum II: Media & Racism: The Politics of Women in Popular Culture / Margaret Crane, Yolanda Lopez and Wanda Coleman -- Selected Poems / Wanda Coleman -- Death Threat #1, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: A Performance Monologue / Dee Russell -- Forum III: Self-Revelation: The Art of Rewriting Personal History / Dorothy Allison / Sapphire / Cheryl C. Brodie, Christine Cobaugh and Sue Martin -- Selected Poems / Sapphire -- If You Were Like the Heroine in a Country and Western Song: A Performance Script / Theory Girls.
Summary 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.
Other author Scholder, Amy.
Subject Women -- Crimes against -- United States -- Literary collections.
Violence -- United States -- Literary collections.
Women -- Crimes against -- United States.
American literature -- Women authors.
American literature -- 20th century.
Violence -- United States.
Violence in art.
Women in art.
ISBN 0872862852 $10.95