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Experiments in Exile – C. L. R. James, Helio Oiticica, and the Aesthetic Sociality of Blackness | Fordham Scholarship Online
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Experiments in Exile: C. L. R. James, Helio Oiticica, and the Aesthetic Sociality of Blackness

Laura Harris

Abstract

Comparing the radical aesthetic and social experiments undertaken by two exile intellectuals, James and Oiticica, Harris chart a desire in their work to formulate alternative theories of citizenship, wherein common reception of popular cultural forms is linked to a potentially expanded, non-exclusive polity. By carefully analyzing the materiality of the multiply-lined, multiply voiced writing of the “undocuments” that record these social experiments and relay their prophetic descriptions of and instructions for the new social worlds they wished to forge and inhabit, however, Harris argue that ... More

Keywords: Afro-diaspora, Black radicalism, Blackness, Citizenship, CLR James, Exile intellectual, Hélio Oiticica, Popular culture, Slum, Undocumented immigrant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279784
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279784.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Harris, author
New York University