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M Archive: After the End of the World (Hardcover)

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M Archive is a speculative documentary text that imagines a time beyond the end of the world. To write this book, poet, scholar, and activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs sat every morning with the work of Black feminist theorist M Jacqui Alexander, using it as a starting point for her exploration of possiblities beyond our current ways of being. The second in a planned triptych of experimental work, M Archive is a lyric and visionary text deep in conversation Black feminist thought, a radical anticapitalist and ecopoetic mythology, and "an invitation into the blackness of what we cannot know from here."

— Kate


Following the innovative collection Spill, Alexis Pauline Gumbs's M Archive--the second book in a planned experimental triptych--is a series of poetic artifacts that speculatively documents the persistence of Black life following a worldwide cataclysm. Engaging with the work of the foundational Black feminist theorist M. Jacqui Alexander, and following the trajectory of Gumbs's acclaimed visionary fiction short story "Evidence," M Archive is told from the perspective of a future researcher who uncovers evidence of the conditions of late capitalism, antiblackness, and environmental crisis while examining possibilities of being that exceed the human. By exploring how Black feminist theory is already after the end of the world, Gumbs reinscribes the possibilities and potentials of scholarship while demonstrating the impossibility of demarcating the lines between art, science, spirit, scholarship, and politics.

About the Author

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, also published by Duke University Press; coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines; and the founder and director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in Durham, North Carolina.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780822370697
ISBN-10: 0822370697
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2018
Pages: 248
Language: English
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