Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility

"Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility is about, and is an attempt to produce, Black Study. Black Study is similar to what Denise Ferreira da Silva describes as “knowing (at) the limits of justice,” that is “at once a kind of knowing and doing; it is a praxis, one that unsettles what has come before but offers no guidance for what has yet to become.”11 And Black Study is a particular strategy of mixture, “self-life-writing” of both “cultural and political critique.”12 For this reason, Blackpentecostal Breath moves in and out of the autobiographical, the fictional, the performative, the theological, and the philosophical in order to enact a politicocultural criticism, one that is unflinching in its belief in blackness as a social, traditioned, anoriginal force of change, resistance, pleasure, and love in the world. Blackpentecostal Breath is an exercise of the otherwise possibility, thinking and desiring more than what we have, knowing we already have enough to produce flourishing in the world."

Crawley, Ashon. Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Commonalities) Fordham University Press.

Kyla Tompkins