The Irony of Anatomy: Basquiat’s Poetics of Black Positionality

By August 2, 2015Uncategorized

This paper approaches Basquiat’s oeuvre through the anti-humanist lens of afro-pessimist theory. I interpret the dialectic of black positionality and black power operative in his work through the relation between irony and anatomy.

From this perspective, I propose an approach to the problem of slavery in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit through his discussion of anatomy and physiology, rather than the master/slave dialectic.

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