author={Frank B. Wilderson},
  journal={Theatre Survey},
  pages={119 - 125}
When a group comprised primarily of African-derived “people”—yes, the scare quotes matter—gather at the intersection of performance and subjectivity, the result is often not a renewed commitment to practice or an explicit ensemble of questions, but rather a palpable structure of feeling, a shared sense that violence and captivity are the grammar and ghosts of our every gesture. This structure of feeling is palpable even in the place-names “Africa” and “the Caribbean,” names whose articulation… 
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  • 2001
25. 6. Special thanks to Professor Jared Sexton and the late Professor Lindon Barrett of UC Irvine for their insights regarding conceptual problems inherent in the term "African diaspora
  • Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America
  • 1997
A six-string harp, from the Wassoulou region of southern Mali