[Blackstudies-l] Jeremy Matthew Glick’s THE BLACK RADICAL TRAGIC

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lisaparavisini posted: " New Book: The Black Radical Tragic Performance,
Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution by Jeremy Matthew Glick
As the first successful revolution emanating from a slave rebellion, the
Haitian Revolution remains an inspired site of investigat"
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THE BLACK RADICAL TRAGIC
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New Book: The Black Radical Tragic Performance, Aesthetics, and the
Unfinished Haitian Revolution by Jeremy Matthew Glick
<http://nyupress.org/author/7399>
As the first successful revolution emanating from a slave rebellion, the
Haitian Revolution remains an inspired site of investigation for a
remarkable range of artists and activist-intellectuals in the African
Diaspora.
In *The Black Radical Tragic*, Jeremy Matthew Glick examines
twentieth-century performances engaging the revolution as laboratories for
political thinking. Asking readers to consider the revolution less a fixed
event than an ongoing and open-ended history resonating across the work of
Atlantic world intellectuals, Glick argues that these writers use the
Haitian Revolution as a watershed to chart their own radical political
paths, animating, enriching, and framing their artistic and scholarly
projects. Spanning the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and political
thought, *The Black Radical Tragic* explores work from Lorraine Hansberry,
Sergei Eisenstein, Edouard Glissant, Malcolm X, and others, ultimately
enacting a speculative encounter between Bertolt Brecht and C.L.R. James to
reconsider the relationship between tragedy and revolution. In its grand
refusal to forget, *The Black Radical Tragic* demonstrates how the Haitian
Revolution has influenced the ideas of freedom and self-determination that
have propelled Black radical struggles throughout the modern era.

REVIEWS

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   "Jeremy Matthew Glick's *The Black Radical Tragic* is a book we were all
   waiting for without knowing it....[Glick] combines here a sober and
   ruthless insight into the necessary tragic twists of the revolutionary
   process with the unconditional fidelity to this process. He stands as far
   as possible from the standard 'anti-totalitarian' claim that, since every
   revolutionary process is destined to degenerate, it’s better to abstain
   from it. This readiness to take the risk and engage in the battle, although
   we know that we will probably be sacrificed in the course of the struggle,
   is the most precious insight for us who live in new dark times."

   —Slavoj Zizek, *Los Angeles Review of Books*
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   “Grappling with the continuing reverberations of the Haitian Revolution
   in our present, Jeremy Matthew Glick’s *The Black Radical Tragic* defines
   the notion of the tragic within the black radical tradition with remarkable
   insights and impressive breadth. An engagingly written text that will shape
   not only how we think about the centrality of the Haitian Revolution but
   also questions of the modern in political thought.”

   —Anthony Bogues, Brown University
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   “*The Black Radical Tragic* is infused with questions of memory,
   revolution, and how these concepts interact with one another across
   history. With rigorous attunement to the various registers in which revolt
   is recalled and recited, Jeremy Matthew Glick charts the Haitian revolution
   as an extended, ongoing historical moment of fugitive insurgency, the open
   culmination of the terrible and beautiful interplay of enlightenment and
   darkness. A brilliant and necessary book.”

   —Fred Moten, author of *In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black
   Radical Tradition*

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