by Jenny Sharpe
Northwestern University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-8101-4157-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-4158-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4159-9
Library of Congress Classification PR9210.5.S473 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.99729


In this innovative study, Jenny Sharpe moves beyond the idea of art and literature as an alternative archive to the historical records of slavery and its aftermath. Immaterial Archives explores instead the intangible phenomena of affects, spirits, and dreams that Caribbean artists and writers introduce into existing archives. Through the works of Frantz Zéphirin, Edouard Duval-Carrié, M. NourbeSe Philip, Erna Brodber, and Kamau Brathwaite, Immaterial Archives examines silences as black female spaces, Afro-Creole sacred worlds as diasporic cartographies, and the imaginative conjoining of spirits with industrial technologies as disruptions of enlightened modernity.