The cover art for Zakiyyah Iman Jackson’s Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World is startling and alluring.1 A Black female human-animal defiantly meets one’s gaze. With bull-like horns and ears jutting out of both sides of the head, thick, matted hair (fur?) migrating from the crown of the head to the brow, this portrait of a hybrid species challenges the senses and the imaginary. Leaning into the spectator’s eyeline with shoulders angled and breasts partly obscured by the enveloping shadows out of which she emerges and seems to crouch into, this Black female human-animal provokes questions: What sort of being is this? What kind of being is the Black woman? Becoming Human is a complex, and at times dense, meditation on these and related queries into anti-Blackness, new materialism, and the roles that Black women’s bodies have played historically and contemporaneously in philosophical and biological discourses...
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Book Review| December 30 2022
Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World
Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World. By Zakiyyah Iman Jackson.
New York University Press,
2020. 303 pp. Hardback $89.00, ISBN: 9781479890040. Paperback $22.99, ISBN: 9781479830374.
Eric King Watts
Philosophy & Rhetoric (2022) 55 (4): 411–417.
Eric King Watts; Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World. Philosophy & Rhetoric 30 December 2022; 55 (4): 411–417. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/philrhet.55.4.0411
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