Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower was written by author, university professor and political activist Brittney Cooper and was published in 2018 by St Martin’s Press. As well as being named the best book of 2018 by several reputable names including American-owned NPR and The Atlantic, it was also named one of the top 10 Books About Angry Women by the Guardian newspaper.

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Paperback edition, published 2019, Picador Books

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Eloquent Rage is a fearless, defiant memoir about black female rage and the unique contours of Black Feminism.

I thought the way Cooper articulated her argument was noteworthy; it was both intellectual and colloquial, indicative of both her academic background and her humble, low-income upbringing. In effect, the narrative shows that eloquence can be expressed through a language associated with and derived from black culture.

Cooper succinctly argues the case for Black Feminism and I couldn’t fault her argument, especially when she speaks about how mutual love of women should be at the core of the movement.

As much as I loved this book, I wish it had more of a sharper focus. It does a fantastic job of discussing and dissecting all the things there are to be indignant about, but it lacks something tying it all together. There is an attempt to marry all the arguments at the very end, linking it all back to the concept of Eloquent Rage and how to channel one’s anger, however I think it could’ve been structured more effectively.

That aside, I would absolutely recommend this book. Cooper is unapologetically herself and draws upon her own experience to argue the need for a feminist movement that recognises the struggles of black women.



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Rating: 3 out of 5.

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