College of Liberal Arts

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Thursday Feb 15, 2018 3:00 PM | CLA 1.302B

 The Audre Lorde-Cedric Robinson Distinguished Lecture in Black Studies presents In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

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 consciousness—Sharpe 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. 

 

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