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None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life (Theory Q) Hardcover – November 23, 2018

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"None Like Us begins as an intervention into black studies. To accomplish this, it turns to works of art and invention by people whom history has needed to be black. But as it unravels any claim to genre, discipline, field, identity, or audience, the book issues a broad invitation to the reader to see black studies and queer theory, black and queer life, not as identities to inhabit, but as critical perspectives on history and on a present tense that has been so scarred by various melodramas of the self—of its defense, self-possession, and propriety—that have played themselves out on both sides of anti-racist critique."
-- Kris Cohen ― Public Books Published On: 2019-06-20

"Compelling. . . Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
-- C. E. Bender ― Choice Published On: 2019-10-01

"Best’s ambitious and well-reasoned thesis confronts the challenge of thinking like a work of art but also of thinking the work of art as an object of critical studies, particularly in Black Studies. ... Responsibly argued and impressively confessional, Best o?ers thoughtful ways of recon?guring Black Studies."
-- Alice Mikail Craven ― Modern Language Review Published On: 2020-07-01

“… None Like Us is distinctive as it aims to break with the well-established and perhaps taken-for-granted tenet in the black political present and contemporary black criticism, of a communitarian, shared slave past…. With its themes of identity and belonging, history and the archive, along with a range of visual and literary works, None Like Us would appeal to the interdisciplinary field of Black Studies sociologists; historians, anthropologists, in addition to scholars with an interest in art and visual culture.”
-- Karen Wilkes ― Visual Studies Published On: 2020-03-23


“Stephen Best gives us an entirely new way of understanding the constitution of black subjectivity. Identifying cognates for that process in the aesthetic strategies of numerous exemplary literary and visual artworks, he allows us to see black subjectivity itself as an aesthetic function, wholly distinct from the problematic collectivisms conventionally taken to originate in slavery. Deeply learned and beautifully written, None Like Us will provoke lively discussion among black studies scholars, significantly reorienting the theoretical conversation.”
-- Phillip Brian Harper, author of ― Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Duke University Press Books (November 23, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1478001151
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1478001157
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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