Dear Science and Other Stories

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Duke University Press, Dec 14, 2020 - Social Science - 235 pages
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In Dear Science and Other Stories Katherine McKittrick presents a creative and rigorous study of black and anticolonial methodologies. Drawing on black studies, studies of race, cultural geography, and black feminism as well as a mix of methods, citational practices, and theoretical frameworks, she positions black storytelling and stories as strategies of invention and collaboration. She analyzes a number of texts from intellectuals and artists ranging from Sylvia Wynter to the electronica band Drexciya to explore how narratives of imprecision and relationality interrupt knowledge systems that seek to observe, index, know, and discipline blackness. Throughout, McKittrick offers curiosity, wonder, citations, numbers, playlists, friendship, poetry, inquiry, song, grooves, and anticolonial chronologies as interdisciplinary codes that entwine with the academic form. Suggesting that black life and black livingness are, in themselves, rebellious methodologies, McKittrick imagines without totally disclosing the ways in which black intellectuals invent ways of living outside prevailing knowledge systems.
 

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Contents

HE LIKED TO SAY THAT THIS LOVE WAS THE RESULT OF A CLINICAL ERROR
The Smallest Cell Remembers a Sound
Something That Exceeds All Efforts to Definitively Pin It Down
Failure My Head Was Full of Misty Fumes of Doubt
Got LifeRebellion Invention Groove
Dear Science
DIEGESES AND BEARINGS
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Katherine McKittrick is Professor of Gender Studies at Queen's University, editor of Sylvia Wynter: On Being as Human Praxis, also published by Duke University Press, and author of Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle.

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