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TSQ (2017) 4 (2): 191–194.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Eva S. Hayward Abstract This note represents an effort to think together Afro-pessimism and trans studies. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 transsexual cut Afropessimism ontology psychoanalysis “Don't exist” is an imperative, a sanctioned foreclosure. “Don't exist” is...
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TSQ (2017) 4 (2): 266–274.
Published: 01 May 2017
... speculative function in foregrounding the problem of black ontology. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Afro-pessimism gender ontology We can theorize, we can meditate on black suffering, we can experience the violence, we're marked. But we cannot be . . . since the idea of being...
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TSQ (2020) 7 (3): 332–344.
Published: 01 August 2020
... typical among Americans attempting innovative social theory. Afro-pessimism as developed by Frank Wilderson and Jared Sexton asserts blackness as an ontological state (rather than an identity), and Lee Edelman's “Queer Nihilism” claimed that the ontological condition of queerness was nonparticipation in...
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TSQ (2017) 4 (2): 162–169.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., while neglecting to reckon with the contributions of Black feminism and Black queer studies to this line of thought. The frameworks of the posthuman, Afro-pessimism, and Afro-optimism/Black ops each attempt to think through the problematic of “the human” and humanism; each often makes its theoretical...
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TSQ (2019) 6 (1): 103–116.
Published: 01 February 2019
... embarrassing redundancy—junk DNA. In trans studies, there is nothing like the rich conversations about queer temporalities that took place in queer theory in the mid-aughts, or like the recent debates over Afro-pessimism in black studies, both of which owe a lot to polemics (Edelman 2004 ; Wilderson 2010...