Wahneema Lubiano's rich cultural criticism insists on reading African-American literature and Black popular cultural production not just as a series of "texts", but as living instances of Black expressive techniques forged in African diasporic, post-slavery cultures. Her attention to and interrogation of Black Studies and cultural studies as fields of knowledge results in a criticism that explores the tension between "strategic essentialism" and its foes. In maintaining what bell hooks has called "a touch of essentialism", Prof. Lubiano's work demands a politics of representation, spectatorship, and audience formation that remains attached to the material experience of Black spectators and readers.

Prof. Lubiano has kindly permitted us to post her bibliography, to which regular additions will be made. Pending permission , a number of her essays will be reproduced at this site.


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