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In the Evening There is Feeling: Reading Christina Sharpe


In the Evening There is Feeling is DCA’s Exhibitions reading group. It takes its name from Gertrude Stein’s 1914 book Tender Buttons and focuses, in an informal and welcoming way, on feminist and queer texts from the worlds of art and literature.

This session will introduce and discuss some of the ideas contained within Christina Sharpe’s newly commissioned text responding to Alberta Whittle’s work, as well as reading and thinking through a short text from her seminal book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. This excerpt focuses on the idea of ‘the weather’ as a means to work and think through how the afterlives of slavery still affect us now.

Christina Sharpe is a Professor at York University, Toronto in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of two books: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) (named by the Guardian and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016 and a nonfiction finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press, and she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life