While the third volume of PROPTER NOS is set for a late-Fall 2018 release, our collective would like to make a few announcements in the meantime:
First off, members of our collective are bouncing around this Summer, so all mail submitted will not be responded to until late August / early September. This mostly pertains to imprisoned comrades on our mailing list. So, if you know any of our readers inside, please spread the word.
Please don’t let this deter you from sending us orders and your comments/questions. Upon returning next month we will fulfill all delayed requests for journals. Since April 2017, True Leap publishing collective has distributed OVER 200 copies of Propter Nos Vol. I and II to prisoners across the country (at no charge, printed on stock paper, using black toner, in grayscale).
We’ve ran ads and our communiqué in the newsletters of a handful of allied organizations, including Black and Pink: Chicago and in “The Abolitionist” published by Critical Resistance (national). These ads and statements in turn attract requests for literature made by these organization’s incarcerated readership. Feel free to circulate this communiqué [ https://tinyurl.com/ybj77j9v ] amongst your networks; a new one with a order form for pamphlets, zines, and the journal will begin circulating at the end of summer.
We also have some imprisoned comrades making photocopies and passing out the communiqué on their own, without any request to do so. This is fantastic news. Word is, imprisoned organizers in Penn, Cali, Texas, Washington, and Illinois are using the PROPTER NOS journal as a prompt for ad hoc study groups. If you know anyone incarcerated who would like a free issue, please print out and mail them this
PROPTER NOS is available for purchase in bound paperback form at 5 locations in Chicago, such as Quimby’s Bookstore or Women & Children First Bookstore, and one in San Francisco (34 Trinity Arts & News). If you know of or work for a bookstore, infoshop, or library who would like to sell or house a few hard copies, we are more than happy to split the sale on consignment.
Finally, we are a group that offers political education resources to everyone who requests it in good faith. WE DO NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR SUPPORT. We do not have the capacity to offer mutual aid in that way. We plan to eventually circulate a catalogue with an order form for our literature. WE ARE ALSO NOT AN ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION. Sharing intellectual resources is our collective’s primary objective at the moment, and likely in the foreseeable future.
Art above by Kevin Rashid Johnson. Rashid is back imprisoned in Virginia. He continues to be targeted by officials due to his writings about abuse in prison, and so his address may change without warning. However, it is alleged he can currently receive mail at:
Kevin Johnson #1007485
Red Onion State Prison
P.O. Box 1900
Pound, VA 24279
We are avid readers of Hortense J. Spillers and believe this bibliography of her life’s work will be a useful tool for people interested in reading and learning. Two summers ago our collective held a reading group, exchanging our thoughts on Spillers’ collection of essays Black, White, and in Color (2003). Through that experience we became most familiar with her work. Professor Spillers is a Black radical literary and cultural theorist who is oft cited for her essays “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words” (1984) and “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” (1987). Yet, her life’s work in papers, essays, speeches, and interview transcript spans over FOUR DECADES, and she is writing and teaching to this present day. Please take some time to get to know and appreciate her philosophical outlook. Below is a list of every work (to our knowledge) that she has published since 1970. We’ve also attached a zip file for ya’ll to download most of the titles listed below. Enjoy.
download link: Spillers Essays, Interviews, and Book Reviews
If there are any missing essays, articles, interviews, or titles that you find,
please contact our collective and let us know.
None of the materials are original creations of TLP,
but are republished online for educational purposes only.
Hortense J. Spillers
Working Bibliography and Source Book
[last updated 7/3/17]
- “Letters to The Black Scholar (with Paul F. Johnson and Robert Boyd.” The Black Scholar 2:3 (1970): 53-54.
- “Martin Luther King and the Style of the Black Sermon.” The Black Scholar 3:1 (1971): 14-27.
- Fabrics of History: Essays on the Black Sermon. Dissertation. Brandeis University, 1974.
- “A Lament.” The Black Scholar 8:5 (1977): 12-16.
- “Ellison’s “Useable Past”: Toward a Theory of Myth.” Interpretations 9:1 (1977): 53-69.
- “A Day in the Life of Civil Right.” The Black Scholar 9:8/9 (1978): 20-27.
- “Gwendolyn the Terrible: Propositions on Eleven Poems.” In Shakespeare’s Sisters, edited by Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert, 233-244. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979.
- “Formalism Comes to Harlem.” Black American Literature Forum 16 (1982): 56-63.
- “Black American Literature and Humanism edited by R. Baxter Miller (review).” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 82:4 (1983): 583-586.
- “A Hateful Passion, a Lost Love.” Feminist Studies 9:2 (1983): 293-323.
- “‘Turning the Century’: Notes on Women and Difference (review).” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 3:1/2 (1984): 178-185.
- “Interstices: A Small Drama of Words.” In Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, edited by Carol Vance, 73-101. London: Routledge, 1984.
- “Kinship and Resemblances: Women on Women.” Feminist Studies 11:1 (1985): 111-125.
- “An Order of Constancy: Notes on Brooks and the Feminine.” The Centennial Review 29:2 (1985): 223-248.
- “Chosen Place, Timeless People: Some Figurations on the New World.” In Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, edited by Marjorie Pryse and Hortense J. Spillers, 151-174. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
- “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics 17:2 (1987): 64-81.
- “Moving Down the Line.” American Quarterly 40:1 (1988): 83-109.
- “The Permanent Obliquity of an In(pha)llibly Straight”: In the Time of the Daughters and the Fathers.” In Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women, edited by Cheryl A. Wall, 127-49. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989.
- “Changing the Letter: The Yokes, the Jokes of Discourse, or, Mrs. Stowe, Mr. Reed.” InSlavery and the Literary Imagination, 25-61. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.
- “Notes on an Alternative Model—Neither/Nor.”In The Difference Within: Feminism and Critical Theory, edited by Elizabeth Meese and Alice Parker, 165-187. Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1989.
- “Black, White, and in Color, or Learning How to Paint: Toward an Intramural Protocol of Reading.” Paper presented at the “Sites of Colonialism” retreat, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
- “Who Cuts the Border? Some Readings on America.” In Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, edited by Hortense Spillers, 1-25. New York: Routledge, 1991.
- “Reading the Future, Future Reading.” The Women’s Review of Books 8:5 (1991): 20-21
- “Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Post-Date.” boundary 2 21:3 (1994)
- “Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory (review).” African American Review 1 (1995)
- “All the Things You Could Be by Now, If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother”: Psychoanalysis and Race.” boundary 2 23:3 (1996): 75-141.
- “HORTENSE SPILLERS.” interviewed by Tim Haslett for the Black Cultural Studies web site collective in Ithaca, NY February 4, 1998. url: http://www.blackculturalstudies.net/spillers/spillers_intvw.html
- “Race Men (review).” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire. 2:3 (1999): 63.
- “Uber Against Race (review).” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 3:2 (2001): 59.
- “Roundtable: Restoring Feminist Politics to poststructuralist Critique (with Susan Lurie, Ann Cvetkovich, Jane Gallop, Tania Modleski, Hortense Spillers and Carla Kaplan).” Feminist Studies 27:3 (2001): 679-707.
- “Faulkner Adds Up: Reading Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and Fury.” In Faulkner in America, edited by Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie, 25-44. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
- “The Little Man at Chehaw Station” Today boundary 2 30:2 (2003): 5-19.
- “Peter’s Pans: Eating in the Diaspora.” Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, 1-64. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
- “Traveling with Faulkner.” In Critical Quarterly 45:4 (2003): 18-34.
- “Topographical Topics: Faulknerian Space.” Mississippi Quarterly 57:4 (2004): 539-568.
- “A Tale of Three Zoras: Barbara Johnson and Black Women Writers.” diacritics 31:1 (2004): 94-97.
- “The Idea of Black Culture.” CR: The New Centennial Review 6:3 (2006): 7-28.
- “First Questions: The Mission of Africana Studies: An Interview with Hortense Spillers.” Callaloo 30:4 (2007): 1054-1068.
- ‘“Watcha Gonna Do?”: Revisiting “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book”: A Conversation with Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Shelly Eversley, and Jennifer L. Morgan.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 25:1/2 (2007)”: 299-309.
- “Imaginative Encounters.” In Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory, edited by Marleen S. Barr, 3-5. 2008.
- “Views of the East Wing: On Michelle Obama.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 6:3 (2009): 307-310.
- “Long Time”: Last Daughters and the New “New South.” boundary 2 (2009): 149-182.
- “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe, Too.” Trans-Scripts 1 (2011)
- “A Transatlantic Circuit: Baldwin at Mid-Century opening Keynote Address.” Callaloo 35:4 (2012): 929-938.
- “African American Women and the Republics.” In Reconsidering Social Identities: Race, Gender, Caste, and Class, edited by Abdul R. JanMohamed, 19-41. London; New York; New Delhi: Routledge, 2011.
- “Destiny’s Child: Obama and Election ’08.” boundary 2 39:2 (2012)
- “Discomforts.” boundary 2 41:2 (2014)
- “Writing and States of Emergency.” In The Power of Writing, edited by Christiane Donahue and Kelly Blewett, 57-73. Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2015.
- “Art Talk and the Uses of History (review).” Small Axe 19:3 (2015): 175-185.
- “Racial Blackness and the (Dis)continuity of Western Modernity by Lindon Barrett (review).” Modernism/modernity 23:1 (2016): 251-255.
If there are any missing essays, articles, interviews, or titles that you find, please contact our collective and let us know. We want to make this work accessible as possible.