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In the Wake

On Blackness and Being

Inbunden Engelska, 2016-11-14
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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 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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"My most valuable discovery [in 2018] was the work of Christina Sharpe, a scholar of breathtaking range whose most recent book is In the Wake, about the aftershocks of chattel slavery in the Americas." -- Parul Sehgal * New York Times * "[A]t once meditative and theoretical, stylistically meticulous and spacious, intensely personal and a work of assembly." -- Matt Hooley * Antipode * "In Sharpe's probing work, the specter of slavery continues to haunt black subjects long after its abolition.... Sharpe's book ... creates fruitful lines of exploration for political theorists concerned about the ethos of citizenship necessary for confronting white supremacy." -- Alex Zamalin * Political Theory * "The present is saturated with grief about black lives in the wake of violence, being awake to the deaths and erasures can potentially create a future that can expand on being in the wake for more liveable lives of the black diaspora. It can also be the site of wake work, of attempts at creating social justice out of the metaphor Sharpe gives us.... Sharpe's work has come at the right time." -- Angelina Eimannsberger * Indulgence * "Christina Sharpe [is] one of the boldest and most brilliant academics of our time. . . . In the Wake is one of those rare academic books at once rigorously argued and multiply engaging: intellectually, stylistically, emotionally." -- David Chariandy * Transition * "[A] masterclass on form, and a must-read for those of us committed to the beautiful sentence, as well as the work of what is commonly called theory." -- Joshua Bennett * Poets & Writers * "In the Wake is work that holds space for what is unbearable and insists on letting it remain unbearable." -- Johanna Hedva * Mask Magazine * (Best Books of 2016) "The book that will live on in me from this year is Christina Sharpe's In the Wake, on living in the wake of the catastrophic violence of legal chattel slavery. In the Wake speaks in so many multiple ways (poetry, memory, theory, images) and does so in language that is never still. It is, in part, about keeping watch, not unseeing the violence that has become normative, being in the hold, holding on and still living." -- Madeleine Thien * The Guardian * "Mourning can be and has been a politics, but it must avoid becoming only a litany of horrors. Refusing melancholy in favor of care, In the Wake understands mourning as a practice embedded in living, and vice versa. Sharpe's beautiful book enacts this indistinctness through pulling language apart and putting it to new purposes." -- Hannah Black * 4Columns * "In the Wake is a necessary chapter in a lengthy tome of ending white supremacy." -- Jonathan Russell Clark * Literary Hub * "With In the Wake, Christina Sharpe looks out from the text and really tries to see us, both those here and gone, living and dead, in the wake, for all we are. We might begin, anew, by carefully looking back-double emphasis on care." -- John Murillo III * Make * "This could have been a one thousand page book, filled with 'evidence,' citations and systematic 'proof,' but instead it is an earned, slim volume of poetic, intellectual and, in fact, spiritual enactment of struggle. In this way, In The Wake is an effective, personal conversation with the reader that uses both fact, image, and emotion, legitimately, to illuminate argument." -- Sarah Schulman * Lambda Literary Review *

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Christina Sharpe is Associate Professor of English at Tufts University and the author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects, also published by Duke University Press.


1. The Wake 1 2. The Ship 25 3. The Hold 68 4. The Weather 102 Notes 135 References 153 Index 163