Tag Archives: M.NourbeSe Philip

How important is the author’s intent?

In class when Erica asked if any of us wanted to read our postcards to M. NourbeSe Philip aloud to the class, none of us wanted to. I do not know why others in the class wanted to keep their … Continue reading

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2-sided

People frequently use metaphors, euphemisms, and deadpan demeanors to “take the heat off” of potentially distressing subjects. So, what does it mean to “beautifully manage” horror? As a Black, white, and Native American woman, I find it easy, if not almost … Continue reading

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The indigestible and the opaque

Since our discussion on Tuesday, I have returned again and again to the following quote from “Interview with an Empire” by M. NourbeSe Philip: “And if the reader stumbled, stopped and started again. If s/he choked, and gagged on the … Continue reading

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How We Survive (Zong!)

Zong! is a bodily text. M. NourbeSe Philip’s work demands of us on a mental/emotional level, but perhaps most readily on a physical level. It performs most actively on the page: its terror lies in its history; its trauma lies … Continue reading

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‘protocerealbox’: Collective Attendance and the Real Work of Language

Fred Moten, in his essay, “the plan,” offers a personal insight into the high stakes gambit that is language. His work, and the necessary collective of saints and demons who complement this work, to communicate with and accommodate the needs … Continue reading

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Negative Space and Silence

I used to take a lot of visual art classes, and one of the concepts I struggled with the most was finding something to do with the negative space. Teachers loved to remind me to make use of it, that … Continue reading

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Daffodils and an Empire

In “Interview with an Empire,” M. NourbeSe Philip, seemingly by means of digression, devotes significant space to unpacking the image of daffodil as made famous by the english romantic lyric poet William Wordsworth (see “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”). … Continue reading

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