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Black Radical Tragic"Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"$
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Jeremy Matthew Glick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479844425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479844425.001.0001

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Malcolm X’s Enlistment of Hamlet and Spinoza

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Black Radical Tragic

Jeremy Matthew Glick

NYU Press

I look at the theoretical and political implications of Malcolm X’s evocation of Hamlet in his Oxford Union debate as well as his mediation on Spinoza in his Autobiography. I explicate the work of what I call the Black Radical Tragic by way of some dream-work in response to a Spinoza letter comforting his friend on the death of his infant child. By way of Malcolm X’s use of Spinoza and Hamlet, I define what I mean by the Black Radical Tragic.

Keywords:   Malcolm X, Oxford Union, Spinoza, Hamlet, Black Radical Tragic

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