Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

Eloquent Rage

Black women are often considered angry and divisive in their interactions with others in both public and private. In mainstream feminism, our demand to have both our race and gender considered is called divisive from "all women's issues." In Black political spaces, our desire to have our womanhood considered is called a distraction from the real issue. However, the manner in which Black women have always insisted on their right to dignity, their ...

Details Eloquent Rage

TitleEloquent Rage
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Race, Writing, Essays, Politics

Reviews Eloquent Rage

  • Roxane
    An excellent essay collection that explicitly centers black women and black women's feminism. Lots of provocative, intelligent thinking and engagement with blackness, popular culture, black womanhood, respectability politics, and the uses of, as the title suggests, eloquent rage. I really enjoyed how black womanhood remained the focal point of these essays from beginning to end. At times, some of the essays felt a bit long and circuitous but Coop...
  • Emily
    2/20--this is now out! GO GET IT NOW!!I received an advanced copy of this through NetGalley. Views are my own.This is essential reading.This was a powerful, heartbreaking, hilarious, important read. I can't recommend it enough.I loved that while Cooper discusses topics both weighty and highly academic, her writing retains a sense of accessibility. I don't mean that it's dumbed down at all--her arguments are full of research and nuance--but rather...
  • Imani406
    My new Bible. Finally a book that puts definition or structure to the internal rage I’ve been feeling as a black women. Thank you Brittney for writing this.
  • Gabriella
    I am not sure that I’ve related this much to a collection of essays in a very long time. Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage is a indictment of neoliberal society and its myths of exceptionalism, but also a “homegirl hem-up” for those of us struggling to correct both systemic oppression and our personal flaws.I’ve been a fan of Brittney Cooper’s since my senior year of high school, when I first encountered her website, The Crunk Feminist ...
  • Gabrielle
    Confession: Just when I thought that I could not love Brittney Cooper more, she published Eloquent Rage. It took me longer than normal to read this book because it was so raw, so personal, and so full of rage. Dr. Cooper's writing is so smooth - she goes in and out of the towers of academia and ends up on her grandmother's porch all within the same sentence. She is clearly an intellectual, but also a homegirl in the best possible way. Cooper uses...
  • Emily Cissi
    This book left me both praising and being slightly offended by its narrative. Withhold your judgement, however: this “offensiveness” is precisely why the book was so good. I was forced to remove my mask and step into the teachings and ponderings of the author, a Black woman. I confronted my feelings of being offended with internal questioning rather than shutting down. Why did that particular line, narrative, statistic, reference offend me? W...
  • Janani
    Phew. A phenomenal collection of essays that focuses on womanhood in the spheres of race, pop culture, respectability politics, the patriarchy, and more. What I super appreciated about this discussion of feminism is its consistent inclusion of trans women, and explicitly stating generalities as they pertain to allocishet folx. This is a must read for those of us that engage in critical feminist thinking, it explores feminism in some unique ways.
  • Krystal
    This book is exceptional brilliance! Professor Brittney Cooper manages to delve into structural inequalities with personal insight and depth that draws the reader in. Especially in this current social and political context, everyone needs to read this masterpiece!
  • Daniel Casey
    In an prose style both academically serious & yet casually accessible, Cooper gives readers a primer on the deep roots of feminism and how it can, ought to be practiced today. Her tone is at once personal, riveting, and urgent making these essays perhaps some of the best for those black women looking for solidarity--it is also perhaps one of the best critiques of white feminism one can find making it indispensable to white women and all men.
  • Mel
    I loved this so much I bought it TWICE. Started listening on audio (narrated by the brilliant author herself) and halfway through went out and bought a hardcover too because I simply couldn't not invest in it. I just finished listening and I'm going to go home and flip through the print copy again because there are so many important quotes & ideas to remember and take note of. If I could go ahead and sign up for the college courses she teaches, I...
  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    I am a Stan for this book for life. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO VERSION IF YOU CAN!!!! I have a few books that I listen to regularly, and this will be one of them.
  • Saurabh Jha
    This is an amazing book. The audiobook version is fantastic, letting Prof. Cooper say what she has to say personally and directly. It was like listening to your most interesting and insightful friend. (After reading this book, I wish we were friends!)The weaving of the academic and popular, sacred and profane, theory and application, universal and personal is masterful. The last part of the book is a particular joy.
  • enyanyo
    This is a book by a grown-ass woman written for other grown-ass women. This is a book for women who expect to be taken seriously. Brittney Cooper is angry! She has every reason to be and so do we.Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower covers a range of topics from education to family, pop culture to spirituality. Brittany Cooper's writing is intelligent and accessible. I liked the clarity of her points and her vulnerability in ...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Yo where do I begin —— this was quite possibly the dopest, most modern and relatable book about Black Feminist rage (capital B, capital F) that I have ever read. It was so clear and hit me on so many levels that it’s clarity just astounded me. I tweeted various lines from the book because they were just so true I had to share them. Every section / chapter of this book eloquently spoke of all the rage I’ve felt my entire life. Even how elo...
  • Laura Holroyd
    In many ways I really liked this book as I found it to be informative and readable. However, at times it felt like I was reading the memoir of someone I didn’t really know or have any interest in reading about. Don’t get me wrong, I do like memoirs, but I have to want to know more about the author’s life and this author just wasn’t someone I felt this about. So I think this could have done with some editing out of extremely personal stori...
  • Samantha
    4.5 stars. This is a really striking, compelling, dense book that breaks down Black female anger, Black inequality, and the fact that Black women have shown up and continue to show up for everyone and everything, despite no one showing up for them. Brittney Cooper breaks down her points and reconstructs them into powerful arguments that show how America systemically, but also whole groups of people, like white women, continuously lets Black women...
  • Abby
    Brittney Cooper is brilliant and courageous. I am so deeply grateful for her life and voice.I learned more in each chapter of this phenomenal book than I could ever begin to articulate in a brief review and simply urge you to read it. For white women like myself, the chapter "White Girl Tears" is one of the most important pieces I've ever read about the devastating impact that white women's privilege and fragility has on black women.
  • Naeemah Huggins
    I exist in a perpetual state of rage lying just beneath a very thin surface. Any perceived sleight or injustice will expose my eloquent rage: racism, sexism, trifling ass men and black folks who hate black folks being the main instigators. My friends and family know this, my coworkers know this. I do not apologize. This book let me live. I am not alone.
  • Jocelyn
    This was an amazing read! Very educational and accessible for those trying to increase their feminist awareness and knowledge, especially to white women like me and those new to intersectionality. I Highly recommend everyone read this book!
  • Darnell Moore
    Cooper's "Eloquent Rage" is vulnerable and sermonic prose. She is unafraid. Each page is a love note to Black women, Black people. She poses so many challenges to readers, however they might identify. I was challenged, for sure. Definitely a book to order, to read, to gift, to return to.
  • Kate Dansette
    ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review.This book was amazing. Professor Cooper writes about black feminism from a personal perspective and I was repeatedly blown away by her incisive anger (the book delivers on its title and then some). As the author says herself, she eats white lady tears for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her views on pop culture (mostly Beyonce, because duh) and politics are spot on 100% of the time and where...
  • JaNel
    Eloquent rage, indeed. She beautifully puts into words some ideas that are pretty difficult to capture…I especially found the chapter White-Girl Tears enlightening…P. 187 – – "white women and black men share a kind of narcissism that comes from being viewed as the most vulnerable entities within their respective races. Black people hesitate to call out black men for male privilege because they have experienced such devastation at the hand...
  • Cristina
    Part memoir, part lecture series, these essays cover some serious ground. Cooper tackles everything from domestic abuse to intersectional feminism to Respectability Politics and the racism within the War on Drugs - all informed by personal experience but transformed into well-researched lessons on deconstructive sociology. The title was born from her journey learning to channel rage at injustice into productive, academic pursuits and it perfectly...
  • Lorry
    I REALLY loved this book and Im gonna be hype about it for a while. I decided to add Eloquent Rage to my list after attending one of Cooper’s talks at the library where literally everything she said resonated with me. She discusses social, spiritual, personal & political issues using her own stories and grounds her analysis in the work of traditional scholars like Patricia Hill Collins and Audre Lorde—so it’s ACCESSIBLE and a great place to...
  • Bookworm
    As an end to Black History Month (and moving onto Women's History Month) it seemed like this would be a timely read for the moment. In a series of essays Cooper talks about what it's like being a black woman in various spheres. In friendships. In romantic relationships. In the media. In academia. And so forth. All along with the journey with all its mistakes and discoveries along the way.I've never liked essay collections and this wasn't an excep...
  • Beverlee
    5 stars, this is THAT book of 2018 for me. Eloquent Rage is beautiful articulation of the emotions Black girls and women feel as they live in a world that frequently refuses to acknowledge her as a human and a lady, especially if she doesn’t conform to a desired standard—that can change depending on one’s surroundings. So many topics are discussed in this collection of essays, but the topic that especially resonated with me is giving a midd...
  • Sarah
    I loved this book. It's like an object lesson in intersectional and Black feminism. She writes brilliantly and uses anecdotes that are endearing and funny. I've been a fan since Crunk Feminism, and I have enjoyed hearing Cooper on different feminist podcasts. The book is sort of her taking the world to task about issues pertaining to race and gender. It can be a little bleak at times, but she ends with a short section encouraging feminists to cel...
  • Danielle Urban
    Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Britteny Cooper is a must Read for all black women. They have been put down and forgotten in life by all. Their anger rants true. I would be surprised if they were not angry with the world, today. Brittany Cooper speaks directly to this group of women. Telling them, it is okay because they have that right. But her powerful words also speak of friendship and faith. I loved how strong and ...
  • Megan
    I really appreciated Cooper's insights into Black Feminism. She added her life experiences to explain her positions, along with research and statistics to support her arguments. While I didn't agree with all of her conclusions, I did appreciate her approach. There seemed to be a little lack of recognition there is a big difference between white feminists and white women as a whole. The vast majority of white women in America do not identify thems...