Letters from an imaginary enemy, Angela Davis
in Addressing the other woman
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In the documentary Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, Angela Davis recalls learning that the State of California was seeking three counts of the death penalty against her. The visual production of Davis as an imaginary enemy became evident when the FBI put her on their list of the top ten most wanted criminals and composed a 'Wanted' poster to present Davis as a dangerous fugitive. This wanted poster is a form of visual capture that attempted to freeze a black woman's movement. In August 1970, prominent profiles on Davis began to appear in nationally circulated newspapers and magazines. Within the Life magazine feature, Davis's Afro became central to the transmission of her image. This chapter analyses the various genres and modes of writing: autobiography, critical essays, letters, and defence statements, Davis pays scrupulous attention to the images and perceptions that defined her and the history she lived.

Addressing the other woman

Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing

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