Frank Wilderson

“Doing Time in the (Psychic) Commons: Black Insurgency and the Unconscious”
Wednesday October 14,2015 Harris 108

Wilderson EventFrank B. Wilderson, III, Professor of African American Studies and Drama at UC Irvine, is an award-winning writer, activist, and critical theorist. He is the author of Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke 2010) and Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. Wilderson’s poetry, creative prose, critical, and film production are predicated on the notion that slavery did not end in 1865; the United States simply made adjustments to the force of Black resistance without diminishing the centrality of Black captivity to the stability and coherence of civil society. This assumptive logic has helped catalyze a new school of thought in the academy and beyond, called Afro-Pessimism.

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