What were the books of 2022 that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us?
Tag: Duke University Press
“For those Afro-Caribbean Panamanian who had lived through Panama’s Canal Zone apartheid, Brooklyn segregation probably came as no surprise.”
Even the most successful authors—like Phillis Wheatley and W. E. B. Du Bois—fail to publish all they’d like. What can that reveal about literature?
Shola von Reinhold’s novel is central to any reckoning with the politics of the archive, not to mention contemporary literature itself.
For decades, undocumented Americans have been asked to tell their stories, in the hopes that this would galvanize political change. Did it work?
“Consider the laughter on October 15, 1982—after 1,000 people died from complications related to AIDS—at the Reagan White House press briefing.”
“When did everyone become Black and not of specific nations themselves? Why did being Black mean not belonging to a place?”
“I don't really want to write about theory, but it just keeps coming up again and again. It's inescapable.”
If queer today often looks rather like heteronormativity’s “sick and boring life,” how can we cultivate queerer worlds, or other possibilities?
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
White supremacy tells us we do not belong, but we do have a place in history.
Each May we send our readers into summer with a curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past year (or so).
Even with colonialism and slavery ended, black life remains unfree. What will it take to go from emancipation to liberation?
What happens when thinking of soil as a living being and force, with whom the human world needs to repair and rebuild ties?
By France’s twisted logic, acknowledging race equals attacking the Republic.
Caribbean authors—and the “disorderly” women of whom they write—can reveal how important it is to seek out one’s true self.
Outside elite institutions, queer studies has the potential to go hand in hand with broader struggles of racial and economic justice.
Critiquing the Enlightenment is essential, because there the asylum, prison, and science itself unveil their violent foundations.
Rather than accepting that a virus will come, we can learn how viruses live and thrive—and work to suppress them before they take off.