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Crushed Black

Crushed Black

On Archival Opacity

Chapter:
(p.46) 2 Crushed Black
Source:
Afro-Fabulations
Author(s):
Tavia Nyong'o
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.003.0003

This chapter engages queer and black feminist debates over recovery, reparation, and the archive to offer a new account of the controversial film Portrait of Jason and its afterlives. Taking the metaphor of “crushed blacks” to consider the value of obscurity, blur, and opacity in the archive, the chapter critiques positivist demands for historical legibility and veracity as hostile to the world-making survival stratagems of afro-fabulation.

Keywords:   Portrait of Jason (film), Clarke, Shirley, Holliday, Jason, Jason and Shirley (film), fabulation, archives, queer temporality

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