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In Maroon Choreography fahima ife speculates on the long (im)material, ecological, and aesthetic afterlives of black fugitivity. In three long-form poems and a lyrical essay, they examine black fugitivity as an ongoing phenomenon we know little about beyond what history tells us. As both poet and scholar, ife unsettles the history and idea of black fugitivity, troubling senses of historic knowing while moving inside the continuing afterlives of those people who disappeared themselves into rural spaces beyond the reach of slavery. At the same time, they interrogate how writing itself can be a fugitive practice and a means to find a way out of ongoing containment, indebtedness, surveillance, and ecological ruin. Offering a philosophical performance in black study, ife prompts us to consider how we--in our study, in our mutual refusal, in our belatedness, in our habitual assemblage--linger beside the unknown.

Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award recipient.

About the Author

fahima ife is Associate Professor of Black Aesthetics and Poetics, and Director of the Black Studies minor in the Department of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781478014256
ISBN-10: 1478014253
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: August 27th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English