Saturday, December 30, 2023

Pg. 99: Tanya Ann Kennedy's "Reclaiming Time"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Reclaiming Time: The Transformative Politics of Feminist Temporalities by Tanya Ann Kennedy.

About the book, from the publisher:
The post-2016 election era in the United States is commonly presumed to be an era of crisis. Reclaiming Time argues that the narratives used to make this crisis a meaningful national story (e.g., Hillbilly Elegy, Strangers in Their Own Land) are not only gendered and racialized but also give a thin account of time, one so superficial as to make the future unimaginable. Examining the work of feminist theorists, performance artists, writers, and activists—from Octavia Butler and Jesmyn Ward to the Combahee River Collective and Congresswoman Maxine Waters—Tanya Ann Kennedy shows how their work disturbs dominant temporal frames; rearticulates the relations between past, present, and future; and offers models for "doing" the future as reparation. Reclaiming Time thus builds on while also critiquing feminist literary critical practices of reparative reading. Kennedy further aligns the method of reparative reading with the theories and aims of reparative justice, making the case for more fully engaging with social movement activism.
Learn more about Reclaiming Time at the State University of New York Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Reclaiming Time.

--Marshal Zeringue