MS 190: Authorship is the course website for the Fall 2006 Media Studies senior seminar at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Why bell hooks doesn't capitalize her name, and why this makes her argument moot.
Every time I read something by Ms. bell hooks I get a little bit upset that she doesn't capitalize the first letters of her name. When I was little I wanted to be called Crystal Bright, but noooo my parents refused to be hippies. This bitterness has stuck with me my entire life, forcing a jaded outlook on pennames and other manipulations of self.
I have a point with this.
Why does bell hooks refuse to capitalize her name? According to Wikipedia, captain hooks refuses to capitalize her name because it signifies that what is most important in her works is the "substance of books, not who I am."
That sounds like support for the "dead author" idea. If bell hooks thinks it's unimportant who writes a book, then why is she so determined that black authors are quoted in discourse on postmodernism? If what matters are ideas, and all postmodern ideas are a convoluted mess of pretention and crap that Clay and I can't understand, why is it so important to have black authors quoted? Ms. hooks! Through your own NAME don't you convey a sense of the dead author, don't you communicate that the writer doesn't matter? In your essay you defend the black female author's right to be included in postmodern discourse, then you erase your own importance as a black female author.
Am I wrong here?
However, I do have to say that bell hooks has an EXCELLENT point re: postmodernism in critisizing the "academic hierarchy and exclusivity pervasive in the movement today." I enjoyed the fact that captain hooks found postmodern discussions overwhelmed with "coded familiarity" because I too believe it to be an exclusive treehouse built on loaded words ("otherness" and "difference") and smelly, boring garbage. I don't want to join your treehouse ANYWAY, you pretentious postmodern neighborhood children! My mainstream mother is going to make me a mainstream PBJ and I'm gonna LIKE IT.
If only bell hooks would fix that whole name thing, we could be friends and bitch about postmodernism in peace and happiness.