After the Party : A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life

After the Party : A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life


Winner, 2019 ATHE Outstanding Book Award, given by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Winner, 2018 Errol Hill Award in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies, presented by the American Society for Theatre Research

A new manifesto for performance studies on the art of queer of color worldmaking.

After the Party tells the stories of minoritarian artists who mobilize performance to produce freedom and sustain life in the face of subordination, exploitation, and annihilation. Through the exemplary work of Nina Simone, Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Danh Vo, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Eiko, and Tseng Kwong Chi, and with additional appearances by Nao Bustamante, Audre Lorde, Martin Wong, Assata Shakur, and Nona Faustine, After the Party considers performance as it is produced within and against overlapping histories of US colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy. Building upon the thought of Jose Esteban Munoz alongside prominent scholarship in queer of color critique, black studies, and Marxist aesthetic criticism, Joshua Chambers-Letson maps a portrait of performance's capacity to produce what he calls a communism of incommensurability, a practice of being together in difference.

Describing performance as a rehearsal for new ways of living together, After the Party moves between slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, the first wave of the AIDS crisis, the Vietnam War, and the catastrophe-riddled horizon of the early twenty-first century to consider this worldmaking practice as it is born of the tension between freedom and its negation. With urgency and pathos, Chambers-Letson argues that it is through minoritarian performance that we keep our dead alive and with us as we struggle to survive an increasingly precarious present.

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Joshua Chambers-Letson
Paperback | 336 pages
152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 32g
Publication date
07 Aug 2018
New York University Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Illustrations note
36 black and white illustrations, 8 Illustrations, color
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