Stammering tongue

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

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Title Stammering tongue
 
Creator Mupotsa, Danai S
Liu, Xin
 
Subject the wake
debility
Christina Sharpe
Jasbir Puar
tongue
accent
middle passage
 
Description ‘Stammering tongue’ is the governing metaphor we offer in our reading of the border. The border, we read as a central technique of both the modern state and the violence that produces it. Our project is a diffractive encounter with the modality of implicating and complicating reading and writing. The paper offers a reading of two recent texts, Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being that draws from the metaphor/practice of the Middle Passage to offer “The Wake,” “The Ship,” “The Hold,” and “The Weather,” to theorize black violability, black death and black living. We read Sharpe beside Jasbir K. Puar’s The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability where she uses the notion of debility to stress the relations between harm, gender, race, war and labour. We offer the ‘stammering tongue,’ in pursuit of a conversation between ourselves, Sharpe and Puar. The stammering tongue is a racialized, sexualized border that produces im/possible readings and utterances. We frame the stammering tongue as one that turns to negativity and reclaims lack to generate potentiality from that lack.
 
Publisher Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association
 
Date 2019-06-03
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/6278
10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i1.6278
 
Source Tydskrif vir Letterkunde; Vol 56 No 1 (2019); 127-142
2309-9070
0041-476X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/6278/7732
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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