Ianna Owen

Diasporan Recitations of Black Failure and Ethical Possibility

My dissertation explores the value of recitations of failure by artists and writers of the African diaspora who choose to recount failure between blacks (in the forms of miscrecognition, betrayal, femininity, and futurity) in the face of the overdetermination of black failure in dominant institutions and measures. Rather than disavow or eschew failure, I draw from the queer studies turn toward bad feelings to interrogate these recitations in sites of cultural production. Chapter two, for which the CRG has generously offered their support, concerns the repetition of failure in printmaking, specifically in work by Wilmer Jennings. I am interested in what forms failure takes and what failures can be represented (and repeated) by forms.