In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition

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University of Minnesota Press
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6.4 X 8.82 X 0.73 inches | 0.96 pounds

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About the Author

Fred Moten is professor of performance studies and comparative literature at New York University.


"An ambitious work, In the Break shows that the classic opposition between singularity and totality is invalidated by black thought, history, life, and culture. In the Break is a truly original and inventive work that needs to be read and heard."--Avery Gordon, author of Ghostly Matters

"Moten makes great sense of the author's complementary attractions of 'same' and 'change.'"--Rough Pages

"Fred Moten's dynamic and ambitious In the Break explores the tension between jazz's social and aesthetic dimensions as the animating force behind the music, contextualizing the avant-garde work of the 1960s within a narrative arc that encompasses the entire history of the African diaspora."--American Quarterly

"The result of Moten's work is always more than a performance, more than the aggregate of gestures that falls within the valorized space of performative writing: In the Break marks an event according to the terms with which Moten describes it--encounter, ensemble, improvisation, and the invocation of the knowledge of freedom."--MLN

"It's a work that rewards careful study and repeated consultation, and invites extension, development, debate, and sustained intellectual improvisation on its protean themes."--Cross Cultural Poetics

"In the Break mounts a poststructuralist assault upon the sovereign subject, disciplined sexuality, and gender training."--American Literary History