Riverside BookClub- December
On Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 11:00a.m., via ZOOM
The Riverside Church Book Club will review In the Wake: On Blackness and Being book by Christina Sharpe.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this original and trenchant work, Christina Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the “orthography of the wake.” Activating multiple registers of “wake”—the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness—Sharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation. Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of “the wake,” “the ship,” “the hold,” and “the weather,” Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment, regulation, and punishment, but also something in excess of them. In the weather, Sharpe situates anti-Blackness and white supremacy as the total climate that produces premature Black death as normative. Formulating the wake and “wake work” as sites of artistic production, resistance, consciousness, and possibility for living in diaspora, In the Wake offers a way forward.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Sharpe is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University. She is the author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post Slavery Subjects (Duke 2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke 2016). Her third book Ordinary Notes will be published in April 2023 (Knopf/FSG/Daunt).
ABOUT THE DECEMBER MODERATOR
The Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her teaching and research fashion a nexus between womanist theology, black critical theory, and phenomenology. She has lectured and preached across the United States, and her international lectureships have taken her to Brazil, Denmark, England, India, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. She holds a Ph.D. in theology from The University of Chicago, Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She has been an ordained American Baptist minister since 1998 and is a member of The Riverside Church.