Immaterial Archives

Immaterial Archives

An African Diaspora Poetics of Loss

FlashPoints

by Jenny Sharpe

216 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 18 b-w images running in text

  • Paperback
  • 9780810141575
  • Published: March 2020

$34.95

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  • Hardcover
  • 9780810141582
  • Published: March 2020

$99.95

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  • eBook
  • 9780810141599
  • Published: March 2020

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In this innovative study, Jenny Sharpe moves beyond the idea of art and literature as an alternative archive to the historical records of slavery and its aftermath. Immaterial Archives explores instead the intangible phenomena of affects, spirits, and dreams that Caribbean artists and writers introduce into existing archives. Through the works of Frantz Zéphirin, Edouard Duval-Carrié, M. NourbeSe Philip, Erna Brodber, and Kamau Brathwaite, Immaterial Archives examines silences as black female spaces, Afro-Creole sacred worlds as diasporic cartographies, and the imaginative conjoining of spirits with industrial technologies as disruptions of enlightened modernity.