The Risks of Reading
This concluding chapter summarizes the main goal of the book: analyzing aesthetics to expose, connect, and remake the forms of one's desire for an ordered reality and competing need for “escape” from that order. In particular, the book rethinks “the politics of our lack of knowledge” around race and gender by disordering the regimes of both power and resistance in terms of form and convention. The texts studied throughout the book represent the incoherence and failures of the state, of culture, and of our one's critical and creative reading practices around diaspora. Through the centering of an innovative archive, a diaspora feminist aesthetics can do more than represent “black women” as an already known subject and object of study.
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