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In 1956 W. E. B. Du Bois was denied a passport to attend the Pr�sence Africaine Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Paris. So he sent the assembled a telegram. "Any Negro-American who travels abroad today must either not discuss race conditions in the United States or say the sort of thing which our State Department wishes the world to believe." Taking seriously Du Bo ...more
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Published October 23rd 2018 by Harvard University Press
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Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an eye-opener! All about how the United States government has interfered with the production of literature and the consequences of that interference. Terrifying, sad and anger-inducing, I will never think about the history of literature in the same way again.
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The first thing to be said about this book is that it is brave. Poet and critic Juliana Spahr does not make her startling argument in general, nor does she make it in unreadably dense jargon that could only be followed by academic insiders. She mounts her case in plain language and names names—generally names of the venerated dead or the celebrated living. It's a good use of academic tenure.

Spahr takes her title from a telegram sent by W. E. B. Du Bois in 1956 to the Congress of Black Writers an
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Insightful and explosive, Spahr's argument that resistance through literature is always bound up in statist and nationalist politics is a persuasive one, as she weaves her way from modernism through to resistance literature of the 60's and then to the present day. Her prose is sparse but powerful; and the discussions on Hawaiian sovereignty further complicates questions of U.S. settler colonialism.
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Juliana Spahr (born 1969) is an American poet, critic, and editor. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honor a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate great imagination and daring.

Both Spahr's critical and scholarly studies, i.e., Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (2001), and her poetry have shown S
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