In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

By | February 4, 2018
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being Author Christina Sharpe
ISBN-10 0822362945
ISBN-13 9780822362944
Year 2016-11-14
Pages 192
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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In this original and trenchant work Christina Sharpe interrogates literary visual cinematic and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the orthography of the wake Activating multiple registers of wake the path behind a ship keeping watch with the dead coming to consciousnessSharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of the wake the ship the hold and the weather Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment regulation and punishment but also something in excess of them In the weather Sharpe situates anti Blackness and white supremacy as the total climate that produces premature Black death as normative Formulating the wake and wake work as sites of artistic production resistance consciousness and possibility for living in diaspora In the Wake offers a way forward

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