Malcolm X’s Enlistment of Hamlet and Spinoza
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.
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