Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era

1st Edition

Tiffany Austin, Sequoia Maner, Emily Ruth Rutter, darlene anita scott

Routledge
December 18, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367321581 - CAT# K454638
Series: Routledge Research in American Literature and Culture

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Summary

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era is an edited collection of critical essays and poetry that investigates contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. Scores of contemporary writers have turned to elegiac poetry and prose in order to militate against the white supremacist logic that has led to recent deaths of unarmed black men, women, and children. This volume combines scholarly and creative understandings of the elegy in order to discern how mourning feeds our political awareness in this dystopian time, as writers attempt to see, hear, and say something in relation to the bodies of the dead as well as to living readers. Moreover, this book provides a model for how to productively interweave theoretical and deeply personal accounts to encourage discussions about art and activism that transgress disciplinary boundaries, as well as lines of race, gender, class, and nation.

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