Calling for a specifically anti-white supremacist reexamination of the archives of black subjectivity and resistance, Reid-Pharr enlists the principles of post-humanist critique in order to investigate decades of intimate dialogues between African American and Spanish intellectuals, including Salaria Kea, Federico Garcia Lorca, Nella Larsen, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Chester Himes, Lynn Nottage, and Pablo Picasso. In the process Reid-Pharr takes up the “African American Spanish Archive” in order to resist the anti-corporeal, anti-black, anti-human biases that stand at the heart of Western Humanism.
“Archives of Flesh is a daring and beautifully written book, offering reflections on the current state of Black studies and the sociopolitical and geographical locations of Blackness that inform our dominant discourses. With this volume, Reid-Pharr expands his reputation as a rigorous and iconoclastic scholar who pushes the field to examine its sacred cows and consider how their rigid mythologies cost us the development of more truthful, insightful, and liberating analytical practices. A bold indictment of the intellectual inflexibility that informs mainstream discourses on Blackness and the politics of difference, Archives of Flesh holds its own as a polemic by one of our most famous and respected contemporary scholars.”
—Michelle Wright, author of Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology
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