THE UNCLEAR WORLD: a summer reading list

Essays by Wynter, Wilderson and many others surrounding Afro-pessimism + radical Black theory that I am trying to read and reread this summer.  

Hi. I want to read this this summer. My plan was to read some of this with or without others. So don’t feel any pressure to commit to reading or not reading. I may not even read everything on the list this summer. I likes ta rest too. This list is not exhaustive of all the things. It’s not even an attempt to be. For the most part, I have read everything on this list before but I thought it would be a great idea to reread them again with new summer + graduate school eyes. It would be great if some folks can read with me. We can do group chats and things of that sort, but of course only a few people can do that. So, if you like what I have here or if you hate it and think that I should have wrote down different readings than make a reading group of your own with people who want to read what you want to read. I mean that half-sarcastically and half-seriously. Read with people. Think with people. Grow with people.

Tchau.

Week 1: HELLOs.

June 9th

“On the Coloniality of Being” by Sylvia Wynter

+

The Position of the Unthought” by Frank Wilderson and Saidiya Hartman

 

Week 2: WILDERSONs.

June 16th

Gramsci’s Black Marx + Grammar and Ghost The Prison Slave by Frank B. Wilderson III

 

Week 3: Black GENDER/GENRE

June 23th

Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe by Hortense Spillers + ProudFlesh Inter/views with Sylvia Wynter by Greg Thomas and Sylvia Wynter + The Trans*ness of Blackness by Marquis Bey

 

Week 4: Ooooh… A LOR BIT OF SCIENCE.

June 30th

Towards the Sociogenic Principle by Sylvia Wynter + The Ceremony Found by Sylvia Wynter + Theorizing in a Void by Zakiyyah Jackson

 

Week 5: SEXTONs.

July 7th

Unbearable Blackness by Jared Sexton + People-of-Colorblindness by Jared Sexton + The Avant Garde of White Supremacy by Jared Sexton & Steve Martinot 

 

Week 6: MOTEN + NIHILISM.

July 14th

Blackness and Nothingness by Fred Moten + The Case of Blackness by Fred Moten + Black Nihilism and the Politics of Hope by Calvin Warren

 

Week 7: A MANIFESTO FEEL.

July 21st

No Humans Involved by Sylvia Wynter + The Vel of Slavery by Jared Sexton + We Are Trying to Destroy the World by Frank B. Wilderson III

Week 8: NEW WORLD VIEWS.

July 28th

1492: A New World View by Sylvia WynterTowards a Black Feminist Poethics: The Question of Blackness Towards the End of the World by Denise Ferriera Da Silva + The Inside/Outside of Civil Society an Interview with Frank Wilderson by Samira Spatzek and Paula von Gleich.

Week 9: ART, CULTURE AND FABULATION.

August 4th

“All Black Everything” by Jared Sexton + “We Must Learn to Sit Down Together and Talk About A Little Culture” by Sylvia Wynter + Venus in Two Acts by Saidiya Hartman

 

Week 10: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS TO BE DONE Y’ALL.

August 11th

On How We Mistook the Map by Sylvia WynterBlack Liberation Army: the Paradox of Political Engagement by Frank Wilderson + Perfecting Slavery by Anthony Paul Farley

 

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