The Racial Imaginary


…our imaginations are creatures as limited as we ourselves are. They are not some special, uninfiltrated realm that transcends the messy realities of our lives and minds. To think of creativity in terms of transcendence is itself specific and partial—a lovely dream perhaps, but an inhuman one.

-Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda via LitHub, which published a version of the foreword to the collection of essays, edited by Rankine and Loffreda, titled, The Racial Imaginary (Fence Books 2015). Also see Claudia Rankine: why I’m spending $625,000 to study whiteness.

Claudia Rankine will be at Concordia University, Montreal, on March 10th, 2016. Details TBA.