Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Spilling Spill: Chapter 3- How She Left

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978-0-8223-6272-2_pr“the end of the world and/or the contingent freedom of Black women.”

It is about 6 weeks until my book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity leaves my imagination and lands in your hands.  I am so excited!  Spill is not an easy book to describe, so I saw creating the meta-data, aka the abstracts and keywords that online databases and libraries use to search for books, as its own poetic exercise.  I am sharing the abstracts one chapter at a time here on my blog.  If you haven’t seen the posts over the past few weeks, here they are:

Spill:  The Abstract

Chapter: 1: How She Knew

Chapter 2: How She Spelled It

Chapter 3: How She Left presents scenes of departure or escape occurring in the context of domestic violence, slavery, revolutionary arson, mental illness and the underground railroad. The black women departing or escaping use superpowers and everyday technologies to enact their departures and they bump up against indecision, racism, sexism, self-doubt, inherited narratives, mother/daughter drama, surveillance technologies, nicknames and poverty, or they don’t. The scenes provide a gendered exploration of itinerancy as potential and dilemma. Harriet Tubman’s life is a referential text here, as is the revolutionary action of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada, Gloria Naylor’s Linden Hills and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. This discussion would be relevant to people interested in surviving domestic violence, escaping slavery, photographs and the photographic, the end of the world and/or the contingent freedom of black women.


domestic violence


Underground Railroad

Gloria Naylor

Zora Neale Hurston


You can pre-order Spill here.

Educators…order a desk copy or exam copy of Spill for a course you are teaching here.

If you are interested in writing about Spill or interviewing me about it please contact Laura Sells at Duke University Press—–

If you are interested in hosting an event contact Chad Royal at Duke University Press—


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