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‘Following’ Teju Cole’s ‘Black Portraitures’

On Zigzagging Between (Digital) Literature, Photography, Art History, Music and Much More…

Carmen Concilio    Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    

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In this chapter, I will explore ‘black portraitures’ in Teju Cole’s writings, photos, and art history lessons, while ‘following’ his journeying – geographic, literary, photographic, digital – in both his photo essays and criticism Known and Strange Things (2016), Blind Spot (2016), in his novel Open City (2011) and his latest essay collection Black Paper (2021). I intend to study his poetics, his aesthetics and his ethical stance, particularly in relation to his re-formulation of postcolonial paradigms. Intersecting trajectories with works by Caryl Phillips (The European Tribe, 1987) and by Johny Pitts (Afropean. Notes from Black Europe, 2019) will also be considered.

Published
Jan. 26, 2023
Accepted
Oct. 21, 2022
Submitted
July 13, 2022
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-678-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-677-0

Keywords: Teju ColeBlack portraituresBlack intellectualsPostcolonial theoryNew media

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