Blackness Unbound: Interrogating Transnational Blackness

Blackness Unbound: Interrogating Transnational Blackness and numerous others across the globe, to expand and extend the discursive unbinding of blackness, to ultimately free it from any vestiges of delimiting conventions of signification. Thus, the first part of the symposium title, redeployed here to contextualize these essays, suggests the emancipatory resonances associated with blackness as an idiom of deconstructive discourse and as a marker for the discursive reclamation of the New World imaginary in its post-emancipation and postcolonial reconfiguration. The phrase blackness unbound conjures up unharnessed blackness in the Caribbean and Latin America, indeed, in the Americas, as a post-emancipation and postcolonial marker of resistance, struggle, revolution, and liberation. Such blackness, like the fable of Prometheus’s fire, exists simultaneously as a signifier of destructiveness and constructiveness, a conjoining of opposites such as that observed, for example, in the contradictoriness of Billie Holiday’s sweet lamentation, “Strange Fruit.” In Holiday’s rendition, we recall, by means of her sad tranquillity, the haunting beauty of the blues delivery conjoined with lyrics (by Lewis Allen) that proffer a weirdly organic reproduction and harvesting of lynched black bodies hanging from poplar trees in the southern United States. The second part of the title, interrogating transnational blackness, is meant to signal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism Duke University Press

Blackness Unbound: Interrogating Transnational Blackness

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Duke University Press
Copyright
Copyright 2009 by Small Axe, Inc.
ISSN
0799-0537
eISSN
1534-6714
D.O.I.
10.1215/02705346-2009-002
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Abstract

and numerous others across the globe, to expand and extend the discursive unbinding of blackness, to ultimately free it from any vestiges of delimiting conventions of signification. Thus, the first part of the symposium title, redeployed here to contextualize these essays, suggests the emancipatory resonances associated with blackness as an idiom of deconstructive discourse and as a marker for the discursive reclamation of the New World imaginary in its post-emancipation and postcolonial reconfiguration. The phrase blackness unbound conjures up unharnessed blackness in the Caribbean and Latin America, indeed, in the Americas, as a post-emancipation and postcolonial marker of resistance, struggle, revolution, and liberation. Such blackness, like the fable of Prometheus’s fire, exists simultaneously as a signifier of destructiveness and constructiveness, a conjoining of opposites such as that observed, for example, in the contradictoriness of Billie Holiday’s sweet lamentation, “Strange Fruit.” In Holiday’s rendition, we recall, by means of her sad tranquillity, the haunting beauty of the blues delivery conjoined with lyrics (by Lewis Allen) that proffer a weirdly organic reproduction and harvesting of lynched black bodies hanging from poplar trees in the southern United States. The second part of the title, interrogating transnational blackness, is meant to signal

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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of CriticismDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2009

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