Author Archives: Marina Bilbija

About Marina Bilbija

Marina Bilbija is an Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty of the African American Studies Department at Wesleyan University. She writes about Black editorial practices and the print cultures of Black internationalism in the 19th and early 20th century. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Worlds of Color: Black Print Internationalisms Before Decolonization.” Her work has appeared in American Literary History, Contemporaries post-45, Modern Fiction Studies, and The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Thinking with Runaway Genres about Runaway Movements and Falling Monuments

This essay is part of a symposium on Yogita Goyal’s Runaway Genres. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. Which forms are most amenable for narrating the afterlives of slavery and why? Which configurations of race and power come to the fore and which recede when contemporary Afro-diasporic writers take up the slave narrative to address contemporary human-rights violations in Africa? What happens to the mutually constitutive relationship between race and form across different spaces and times? These are the questions that animate Continue reading →