In The Letter in Black Radical Thought, Tendayi Sithole unmasks the logics of dehumanization in the terrain of black radical thought by looking at the letter as the site of examination and political intervention. Through his expansive demonstration and original argument, he analyzes the letters of Sylvia Wynter, Assata Shakur, George Jackson, Aìme Césaire, and Frantz Fanon. Through illuminating critical takes by these black radical thinkers, Sithole orchestrates a thematic approach, revealing the challenges to dehumanization which emerge in these letters. All the afore-mentioned figures are read anew through the typology of the letters they have penned. This typology consists of epistemic, fugitive, intramural, and resignation letters. The Letter in Black Radical Thought shows how these letters confront and combat dehumanization in novel ways.
Tendayi Sithole is professor in the Department of Political Sciences at University of South Africa.
Introduction: Framing the Letter
Chapter 1: Wynter’s Epistemic Letter
Chapter 2: Shakur’s Fugitive Letter
Chapter 3: Jackson’s Intramural Letters
Chapter 4: Césaire and Fanon’s Resignation Letters
Postscript: Folding the Letter
About the Author
This is a book that asks us to consider the manner of the letter. Black radicalism in all of its modes asks us to listen and contemplate as the letter addresses not just the recipient, but all of us. Tendayi Sithole invites us to consider what lies at the heart of this--and it is that we be and think differently.