The Nigrescent Beyond

The Nigrescent Beyond

Mexico, the United States, and the Psychic Vanishing of Blackness

by Ricardo A. Wilson

160 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 7 b-w images

  • Paperback
  • 9780810142046
  • Published: July 2020

$34.95

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  • Hardcover
  • 9780810142053
  • Published: July 2020

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  • eBook
  • 9780810142060
  • Published: July 2020

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Despite New Spain’s significant participation in the early transatlantic slave trade, the collective imagination of the Mexican nation evolved in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to understand itself as devoid of a black presence. In The Nigrescent Beyond, Ricardo Wilson proposes a framework for understanding this psychic vanishing of blackness and thinks through how it can be used both to productively unsettle contemporary multicultural and postracial discourses within the United States and to further the interrogations of being and blackness within the larger field of black studies.

Wilson models a practice of reading that honors the disruptive possibilities offered by an ever-present awareness of that which lies, irretrievable, beyond the horizon of vanishing itself. In doing so, he engages with historical accounts detailing maroon activities in early New Spain, contemporary coverage of the push to make legible Afro-Mexican identities, the electronic archives of the Obama presidency, and the work of Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Octavio Paz, Ivan Van Sertima, Miguel Covarrubias, Steven Spielberg, and Colson Whitehead, among others.