In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Christina Sharpe

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In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

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 Act

  • Title: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being
  • Author: Christina Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9780822362944
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 animatIn 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 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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    1. Sara Salem on said:

      I finished this book in one sitting. Beautiful, brilliant and groundbreaking. A must read.

    2. Nina on said:

      Black life in the wake is black life in the afterlife of slavery. Emancipation was not a reversal of experience of black life in America. Instead the violence of slavery was transformed into violence of different policies (whether legal or widely accepted).In this climate of anti-blackness, it is understood that black death is "immanent and imminent."However the ways that we care for each other ("attending to black death but also to the largeness of black life") is something Christina Sharpe nam [...]

    3. Leif on said:

      Tidalectic and highly detailed from the personal to the in/visible: Sharpe's In the Wake is an intensity stretched across histories of pain and awareness. Conceptually agile, Sharpe moves from theorizing the wake (in what I found to be the strongest section) to the ship, the hold, and, lastly, the weather. The writing is punctured (recalls) a number of talismanic or epigraphic orientations through other carefully chosen writers – the genealogy here is a mixture of black American cultural stud [...]

    4. Serina on said:

      *3.4Beautiful language, strong, poignant, yet educational without losing the personal touch.

    5. Sara on said:

      I find myself going back into this one - as it puts such interesting pressure on my thinking about race and agency and voice. This book has changed me.

    6. Chanda Prescod-weinstein on said:

      Too much to digest to properly review in the moment. But this is an especially important read for anyone who is interested in the history of science and who believes Black Lives Matter.

    7. www on said:

      an incredible document in that it binds together powerful work in a comprehensive and needed way, but i think, maybe, it oriented more towards being a guide to care for black life in excess than maybe the theory i was looking for: in trying to better the archive, the dysgraphia that maims black life on the reg, it doesnt go as far as i first thought. for what it is it is very rich and very thorough, wide and strong, but near. two uses of a map (or a ruttier as sharpe discusses vis dionne brand): [...]

    8. Sarah on said:

      Highly innovative and deep investigation: personal, historical, poetic, intellectual of the consequences of chattel slavery on Black being. Antiblackness is the climate, literally the weather, of this deep book.

    9. Senojecurbe on said:

      This book is genuinely groundbreaking. Genius on every page.

    10. Matt Sautman on said:

      Sharpe’s prose is beautiful and evokes the brand of stylistic black feminism akin to the writings of Audre Lorde. In The Wake centers around the idea that for black people in post-slavery, their life is spent in the wake of the slave ship, with the ebbing of slavery’s influence across time affecting black people’s subject position in the modern era. Sharpe is principally concerned with what she calls “Wake work,” which deals with attempts to think through the ramifications of living un [...]

    11. Nathaniel on said:

      “What is the word for keeping and putting breath back in the body? What is the word for how we must approach the archives of slavery (to ‘tell the story that cannot be told’) and the histories and presents of violent extraction in slavery and incarceration; the calamities and catastrophes that sometimes answer to the names of occupation, colonialism, imperialism, tourism, militarism, or humanitarian aid and intervention? What are the words and forms for the ways we must continue to think a [...]

    12. Amber on said:

      Amazing and gut wrenching book that will have you re-evaluating your commitment to yourselves, your ancestors and Black people globally. The book is equal parts question and conversation and Sharpe pulls from many writers and thinkers. She also grounds the reader in the everyday, makes parallels between the Middle Passage and the now.

    13. J.J. Amaworo on said:

      Part memoir, part thesis, and part lyrical examination of what it means to be black in the 21st century, this is simply a great, great book. It bridges so many fields – social justice, poetry, fiction, Critical Race Theory, semiotics, semantics – yet retains complete coherence. It is beautiful, ingenious and tragic.

    14. Lisa on said:

      This book is a spectacular exploration of being “in the wake” of slavery and its afterlives. Sharpe introduces compelling new frameworks for seeing and knowing blackness and antiblackness. She is particularly capable at imagining the ark-ive otherwise.

    15. aneez on said:

      Powerful, incisive and a great read. I honestly think this book has changed the way I see/look at current and past events.

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