Bakary Diaby, Skidmore College
Deanna Koretsky, Spelman College
I wanted to get the ball rolling with a confession: I’m a little apprehensive about this review. I’m not sure that these two books, Fred Moten’s Stolen Life and Ryan Hanley’s Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing c. 1770-1830, have much to say to each other. While they’re ostensibly concerned with many of the same topics -- most centrally, black intellectual life -- Moten and Hanley are so different in terms of their epistemological groundings that I wonder how they can be put into conversation productively.
Since we’re writing this for Romantic Circles, maybe it can be fruitful to think about these texts as representing two potential -- and potentially irreconcilable -- directions that historically Eurocentric fields such as ours might take if, as many of its practitioners have claimed in recent months...more