This introductory essay considers the critical purchase of “relationality” in current scholarly debates in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Comparative Literature. It foregrounds Blackness and/as incommensurability as they are treated in these fields' distinct and overlapping institutional locations, historical developments, and epistemic investments.

This content is only available as a PDF.

Works Cited

Works Cited
Ahmed, Sara.
On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2012
.
Print
.
Alexander, M. Jacqui; Mohanty, Chandra Talpade, eds.
Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures
.
London
:
Routledge
,
1996
.
Print
.
Biondi, Martha.
The Black Revolution on Campus
.
Berkeley
:
U of California P
,
2014
.
Print
.
Butler, Judith.
Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly
.
Cambridge
:
Harvard UP
,
2015
.
Print
.
Byrd, Jodi.
The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2011
.
Print
.
Cacho, Lisa Marie.
Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected
.
New York
:
New York UP
,
2012
.
Print
.
Childs, Dennis.
Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2015
.
Print
.
Coulthard, Glen Sean.
Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2014
.
Print
.
Critical Ethnic Studies Editorial Collective
, eds.
Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2016
.
Print
.
Damrosch, David; Melas, Natalie; Buthelezi, Mbongiseni, eds.
The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature: From the European Enlightenment to the Global Present
.
Princeton
:
Princeton UP
,
2009
.
Print
.
Da Silva, Denise Ferreira.
Toward a Global Idea of Race
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2007
.
Print
.
Felski, Rita; Friedman, Susan Stanford, eds.
Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses
.
Baltimore
:
The Johns Hopkins UP
,
2013
.
Print
.
Ferguson, Roderick A.
The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2012
.
Print
.
———.
“University.”
Critical Ethnic Studies
1
.
1
(
2015
):
43
55
.
Print
.
Glissant, Èdouard.
Poetics of Relation
. Trans. Wing, Betsy.
Ann Arbor
:
U of Michigan P
,
1997
.
Print
.
Goldberg, David Theo.
“Racial Comparisons, Relational Racisms: Some Thoughts on Method.”
Ethnic and Racial Studies
32
.
7
(
2009
):
1271
82
.
Print
.
Hall, Stuart.
“Cultural Identity and Diaspora.”
Theorizing Diaspora
. Ed. Braziel, Jana Evans; Mannur, Anita.
Malden
:
Blackwell
,
2003
.
233
246
.
Print
.
Harney, Stefano; Moten, Fred.
“Michael Brown.”
boundary 2
42
.
4
(
2015
):
81
87
.
Print
.
Hong, Grace Kyungwon; Ferguson, Rockerick A., eds.
Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2011
.
Print
.
Kish, Zenia; Leroy, Justin.
“Bonded Life: Technologies of Racial Finance from Slave Insurance to Philanthrocapital.”
Cultural Studies
29
.
5–6
(
2015
):
630
51
.
Print
.
Layoun, Mary N.
“Endings and Beginnings: Reimagining the Tasks and Spaces of Comparison.”
Felski, ; Friedman,
210
34
.
Print
.
Lewis, Earl.
“To Turn as on a Pivot: Writing African Americans into a History of Overlapping Diasporas.”
The American Historical Review
100
.
3
(
1995
):
765
87
.
Print
.
Lowe, Lisa.
The Intimacies of Four Continents
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2015
.
Print
.
Maldonado-Torres, Nelson.
Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2008
.
Print
.
McKittrick, Katherine.
Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2006
.
Print
.
Medak-Saltzman, Danika; Tiongson, Antonio T.Jr.
“Racial Comparativism Reconsidered.”
Critical Ethnic Studies
1
.
2
(
2015
):
1
7
.
Print
.
Melamed, Jodi.
Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism
.
Minneapolis
:
U of Minnesota P
,
2011
.
Print
.
Melas, Natalie.
All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison
.
Stanford
:
Stanford UP
,
2007
.
Print
.
Mignolo, Walter D.
“On Comparison: Who Is Comparing What and Why?”
Felski, ; Friedman,
99
119
.
Print
.
Mirpuri, Anoop.
“Racial Violence, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Neoliberal State.”
Critical Ethnic Studies
(forthcoming)
.
Molina, Natalia.
How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts
.
Berkeley
:
U of California P
,
2014
.
Print
.
Pak, Yumi.
“Outside Relationality: Autobiographical Deformations and the Literary Lineage of Afro-pessimism in 20th and 21st Century African American Literature.”
Diss.
University of California
,
San Diego
,
2012
.
Print
.
Puar, Jasbir K.
“‘I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess’: Becoming-Intersectional in Assemblage Theory.”
philoSOPHIA
2
.
1
(
2012
):
49
66
.
Print
.
Rodríguez, Dylan.
“Inhabiting the Impasse: Racial/Racial-Colonial Power, Genocide Poetics, and the Logic of Evisceration.”
Social Text
33
.
3
(
2015
):
19
44
.
Saldívar, Jose David.
Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2011
.
Print
Sexton, Jared.
“People-of-Color-Blindness: Notes on the Afterlife of Slavery.”
Social Text
103
(
2010
):
31
56
.
Print
.
Shih, Shu-mei.
“Comparison as Relation.”
Felski, ; Friedman,
79
98
.
Print
.
Singh, Nikhil Pal.
“The Whiteness of Police.”
American Quarterly
66
.
4
(
2014
):
1091
99
.
Print
.
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty.
Death of a Discipline
.
New York
:
Columbia UP
,
2005
.
Print
.
Tuck, Eve; Wayne Yang, K..
“Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor.”
Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society
1
.
1
(
2012
):
1
40
.
Print
.
Weheliye, Alexander G.
Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Feminist Theories of the Human
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2014
.
Print
.
Wilderson, Frank B.III
Red, White and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms
.
Durham
:
Duke UP
,
2010
.
Print
.
Wolfe, Patrick.
“Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native.”
Journal of Genocide Research
8
.
4
(
2006
):
487
509
.
Print
.