Shady Convivialities: On Tavia Nyong'o's Afro-Fabulations

This Periscope contains a series of reflections on Tavia Nyong’o’s Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life. At times meditating on the book’s theoretical and stylistic maneuvers, at others extending its theories to new contexts and questions, the six contributors to this collection tarry with “the powers of the false” as a modality of black queer study (19). Thanks to Jayna Brown, Leon Hilton, Sampada Aranke, Malik Gaines, Amber Jamilla Musser, and Monica L. Miller for their contributions to this dossier, and to Marie Buck and Anna McCarthy for their feedback and support. For more on the cover image, which comes from Tourmaline’s Atlantic is a Sea of Bones (2017), see the dossier introduction. (Still by Alex Pittman).

In Our Dark Times

Jayna Brown

Years ago, at a conference, Tavia and I talked about what to do in our responses to the theoretical turn to negativity in black studies. The sound of this turn was roaring all around us, and we had to shout … Continue reading “In Our Dark Times”

A Dark Cinema

Malik Gaines

Film plays an important role in Tavia Nyong’o’s Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life and offers a kind of historical starting point in the 60s and 70s for the contemporary span this book covers. Nyong’o introduces his project via … Continue reading “A Dark Cinema”