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The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture
African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores quiet as a different kind of expressiveness, one which characterizes a person’s desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears. Quiet is a metaphor for the inner life, and as such, enables a more nuanced understanding of black cu ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Rutgers University Press
(first published July 1st 2012)
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this book attempts something remarkable in a re-imagining of the nature of agency but at the same time i'm not quite certain if it's a good thing because at the end of the day i'm probably too hegelian. do demonstrations of one's interior world always defeat the purpose? the humility of failed language seems to have been accumulating in the west for some time and where does that get us? particularly if we're still set on using it? i freak out when i read things like this because of how easy it ...more