2017 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award Winners


The Caribbean Philosophical Association has announced two winners for the 2017 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award are Nadia V. Celis-Salgado’s La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal” (Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2015) and Jeremy Matthew Glick’s The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution (New York: NYU Press, 2016).]

Description of La rebelión de las niñas: This book selects a precise and forceful corpus of texts that lucidly demonstrates the workings of diverse patriarchal policies on sexuality and the body of adolescents and young girls, through the modes in which they internalize and reproduce the logic of male desire over their bodies and gestures as well as through the subversion of these parameters.

President Neil Roberts writes: “Nadia V. Celis-Salgado’s deft book shatters any logics reserving for boys the path to adulthood and maturity. By emphasizing girls and attendant facets of the body, corporeality, embodiment, and subject formation, Celis-Salgado provides us a gift of scholarship that navigates Caribbean thought, feminist political theory, and human development, among other areas. It’s marvelous accomplishment bridging poeticism and historicism carries forth the spirit of Guillén.”

Description of The Black Radical Tragic: As the first successful revolution emanating from a slave rebellion, the Haitian Revolution remains an inspired site of investigation for a remarkable range of artists and activist-intellectuals in the African Diaspora.

In The Black Radical Tragic, Jeremy Matthew Glick examines twentieth-century performances engaging the revolution as laboratories for political thinking. Asking readers to consider the revolution less a fixed event than an ongoing and open-ended history resonating across the work of Atlantic world intellectuals, Glick argues that these writers use the Haitian Revolution as a watershed to chart their own radical political paths, animating, enriching, and framing their artistic and scholarly projects. Spanning the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and political thought, The Black Radical Tragic explores work from Lorraine Hansberry, Sergei Eisenstein, Edouard Glissant, Malcolm X, and others, ultimately enacting a speculative encounter between Bertolt Brecht and C.L.R. James to reconsider the relationship between tragedy and revolution. In its grand refusal to forget, The Black Radical Tragic demonstrates how the Haitian Revolution has influenced the ideas of freedom and self-determination that have propelled Black radical struggles throughout the modern era.

Please click here for more information on Glick’s book: http://nyupress.org/books/9781479813193/

Please click here for more on Celis-Salgado’s book: http://www.casadellibro.com/libro-la-rebelion-de-…/…/2533644 and http://www.iberoamericana-vervuert.es/…/introduccion_521836…

The award ceremony will take place at the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s international conference, June 22nd to 24th, 2017, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City in the United States: http://www.caribbeanphilosophicalassociation.org/cpa-2017.html

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