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Author: Cantero Sánchez, Mayte
Date: 2018
Published in: Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 22, 83-101.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen, An American Lyric (2015) problematizes the notion of citizenship through theory-laden poetical prose, images, and video scripts. This paper aims to critically read Citizen, the theoretical work In the Wake: on Blackness and Being (2016) written by Christina Sharpe, and Sara Ahmed‘s Phenomenology of Whiteness (2007) and Living a Feminist Life (2017). The trace of canonical thinkers for Critical Race Theory (CRT) such as Frantz Fanon or Achille Mbembe will also be observed. I contend that Citizen can be read in the vein of a theoretical work close to CRT approaches, as it tackles similar topics such as death, structural racism, necropolitics, and raced intimacy. It provides multiple illustrative cases which are poetry-laden and politically-laden, as well as theoretical statements that give accounts of the phenomenology of racism in current US. El libro Citizen, An American Lyric (2015) de Claudia Rankine problematiza la noción de ciudadanía desde una prosa poética saturada de teoría, imágenes y guiones para vídeos. Este artículo tiene como objetivo leer de manera crítica Citizen, la obra ...
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Cite: Cantero Sánchez, M. (2018). On Racism and the Impossibility of Mourning: A Critical Reading of Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen, an American Lyric. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 22, 83-101.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/85960

DOI: 10.12795/REN.2018.i22.04

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