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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' 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.

©2018 Duke University Press (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 25-09-22

Weird narration, Beautiful Book

This is a beautiful, dreamlike book that connects to so much consciously and subconsciously. But I'm going to need to buy it and read it myself. The narrator pauses ever 2-4 words with no rhyme or reason. It gives the whole book this staccato feeling when it's actually very flowing and lyrical. It was really distracting and frustrating. It didn't feel like the narrator was actually listening to what she was saying.