Black Radical Tragic"Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"

Black Radical Tragic"Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"

Jeremy Matthew Glick

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9781479844425

Publisher: NYU Press

Abstract

The Black Radical Tragic examines twentieth-century performances and historiography as repetitions of the late-eighteenth-century Haitian Revolution as it relates to struggles for Black freedom and Black self-determination. It engages work by Lorraine Hansberry, Sergei Eisenstein, Frantz Fanon, Raymond Williams, Edouard Glissant, Eugene O’Neill, Orson Welles, Hegel, Malcolm X on Hamlet and Baruch Spinoza, and others. The book enacts a speculative encounter between Bertolt Brecht and C.L.R. James to mine questions of immediacy and mediation, repetition, self-determination, and political theater at the intersection of performance studies and Black studies.