"Three Scenes" in On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Anti-Blackness
On Marronage: Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness is a collective intervention into the discursive formation of black studies at the outset of the twenty-first century, the essays in this volume forward a specific confrontation with the existing epistemological violence of the academy and its institutionalization of the study of black people and of racial, sexual, and gender difference more broadly. Ours is a time of unprecedented black dispossession and criminalization globally, a moment in which contemporary multicultural, post-colonial, and post-racial discourse asserts a perverse inversion of racial hierarchy is corrupting the social and democratic cohesion, further muting and transmogrifying the historical struggles for black self-determination into the cellblocks and prison yards of an uninhabitable social incarceration. We view this situation as proceeding from a signal desire to quarantine the ethical demands of blackness. The present volume is a response to this state of affairs across the African Diaspora, an ethico-political engagement with the antiblack world with, namely, the specific context of black bodily subjection that underwrites the production of knowledge about humanity and the social.
Christina Sharpe is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University.
Other publications from this author include:
- Ordinary Notes (2022)
- "The Crook of Her Arm" (2017)
- "Love Is the Message" in Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2016)
- In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016)
- "Black Studies: in the Wake" The Black Scholar, Special Issue, The Boundaries of Black Studies (2014)
- "The Lie at the Center of Everything" in Black Studies Papers (2014)
- "Response to Jared Sexton's "Ante-Anti-Blackness: Afterthoughts" for Lateral (inaugural issue of online, peer reviewed E-journal of the Cultural Studies Association) (2012)
- Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010)
- "Gayl Jones' 'Days that were Pages of Hysteria.'" in Revisiting Slave Narratives / Les avatars contemporains des récits d'esclaves, 159-176 (2005)
- "Learning to Live Without Black Familia: Cherríe Moraga's Nationalist Articulations" in Tortilleras: Hispanic and Latina Lesbian Expression, 240-257 (2003)
- "The Costs of Re-membering: What's at Stake in Gayl Jones's Corregidora" in African American Performance and Theatre History: A Critical Reader, 306-327 (2000)