Tavia Nyong’o is a professor of American Studies, African-American Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009), won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theater and performance studies. His second book, Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (NYU Press, 2018) considers memory and history in black art and performance at the intersection of queer and trans aesthetics. Nyong’o is co-editor of the journal Social Text and co-series editor of the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University press. He also writes occasional cultural criticism for venues such as The Nation, The Guardian, NPR, Artforum, Frieze, and Texte Zur Kunst.
Shadow Acts: On Tavia Nyong’o’s “Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life” and Stephen Best’s “None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life”
Nicholas T Rinehart looks at two recently published books by Tavia Nyong’o and Stephen Best....