The ninth episode of the Feminism Under Corona series is the result of a conversation with Christina Sharpe, scholar of English Literature and Black Studies. Author of the books Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects(2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), she is currently a professor at York University in Toronto. Her voice appeared earlier in several episodes of the Phenomenal Ocean: Corona Under the Ocean 2020 podcast series. Astrida Neimanis, Filipa Ramos or Elizabeth Povinelli mentioned her work in the different conversations from the ocean and towards the waters.

In the Wake is a book Sonia Fernández Pan started to read in other people’s voices but that does not let itself be translated into other people’s words. It has its own different grammar that reveals and recounts grammar as a form of power. It’s an essay written in first person that tells the history and present of the black diaspora, the structural and constitutive anti-blackness of white colonialism and capitalism. During the conversation, Christina Sharpe emphasized that the use of the first person and her own biography when writing In the Wake is not intended to speak of her individual experience as exceptional, but rather as an exercise in openness towards the historical and structural dimension of the book. Black suffering, also black resistance, must be contextualized in the long history of structural anti-blackness. She also tells how some people have considered In the Wake as a book about Black Death when it is also a book about Black Life, about forms of collective resistance within a constantly hostile climate. “I am interested in the ways we live in and despite that terror,” she says. Being “in the wake” also implies the existence and possibility of “wake work”…

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site. Read our privacy policy to learn more. Accept

Join Our Mailing List