*Cover image inspired by the Third World Women’s Alliance

This year’s theme of the Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, “Everyday Anarchy”: Communities in Action during a Pandemic of Unrest, is an invitation to interrogate and highlight radical scholarship that seems especially relevant during the turbulence of the year 2020—from the global pandemic and its lethal mishandling to the police killing of George Floyd and the massive waves of protests to the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. By borrowing Saidiya Hartman’s phrase “everyday anarchy,” which she uses to describe and celebrate the radical lives and actions of ordinary Black women, we move beyond conventional definitions of anarchy that focuses on the “bad” and the “criminal,” and instead, investigate what everyday anarchy, such as instances of civil disobedience and challenges to the status quo, may look like. We also pay special attention to the “everyday” in everyday anarchy, and invite considerations of political action and radicalism in seemingly minor, ordinary, and ephemeral experiences.

Table of Contents (pages correspond with print version)

Editorial Board

Editorial Introduction

“Everyday Anarchy”: Communities in Action During a Pandemic of Unrest

Edited by XUAN AN HO and SOPHIA MONEGRO                             7

Black Feminist Studies: A World-Altering Praxis

Edited by CANDICE LYONS                 9
KATIE FIELD  Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World by Jessica Marie Johnson     10
GAILA SIMSVoices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana by Sophia White  12
SOPHIA MONEGROA Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross  14
JESSICA S. SAMUEL  Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom  16
LINDSEY HOLMES  Dear Science and Other Stories by Katherine McKittrick18

Visual Scapes: Crisis, Decision, and Glitch

Edited by LINDSEY HOLMES AND HANNAH HOPKINS                 20
I. B. HOPKINS     Underground, Monroe, & The Mamalogues: Three Plays by Lisa B. Thompson  22
TAYLOR JOHNSON KARAHAN  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom directed by George C. Wolfe  25
BRICE EZELL  Horrible White People: Gender, Genre, and Television’s Precarious Whiteness by Taylor Nygaard and Jorie Lagerwey  26
HALEY EAZOR and DEBARATI ROY  Watchmen Series created by Damon Lindelof  29
OSCAR G. CHAIDEZBorder Cinema: Reimagining Identity Through Aesthetics edited by Monica Hanna and Rebecca A. Sheehan  30
IANA ROBITAILLE  The Intimacies of Conflict: Cultural Memory and the Korean War by Daniel Y. Kim  32
HANNAH HOPKINSGlitch Feminism: A Manifesto by Legacy Russell34

Weep, Laugh, Dance: The Body as Cultural Matrix and Embodied Experience

Edited by MICHAL CALO36
MICHAL CALO  Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World by Zakiyyah Iman Jackson38
KT SHORBThe Sense of Brown by José Esteban Muñoz  40
KEERTI ARORAPleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown  42
JAKAPAT KOOHAPREMKIT  The Tragedy of Heterosexuality by Jane Ward43
COYOTE SHOOK  Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture by Grace Hale  46

“Loving you is complicated”: Conversations between Activism and Art

XUAN AN HO Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era edited by Tiffany Austin, Sequoia Maner, Emily Ruth Rutter, and darlene anita scott  49
ZACHARIAH EZER  What To Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris  51
BRIE WINNEGA    Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition by Liat Ben-Moshe  53
ALHELÍ HARVEY  Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities by Johana Londoño  55
BRYANNA BARRERA  Latinx Environmentalisms: Race, Justice, and the Decolonial edited by Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Sarah Jaquette Ray  57

Reimagining Fugitivity: Improvisations on Justice

JEREMY D. HORNEThe Future is Black: Afropessimism, Fugitivity, and Radical Hope in Education edited by Carl A. Grant, Ashley N. Woodson, and Michael J. Dumas  60
JADEN M.B. JANAKPrison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law  62
JACKIE PEDOTAUnauthorized: Portraits of Latino Immigrants by Marisol Clark-Ibáñez and Richelle S. Swan64
JENNIFER SAPIO  Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine  66
EMMA HETRICK  Antebellum by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz68

“Otherwise” Futures: Resistance, Revolution, and Redress

ANNIE BARESW.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History by Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne  71
CHRISTOPHER NDUBUIZUFree the Land: The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State by Edward Onaci    75
DAISY GUZMANRacialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean by Vanessa K. Valdés  78
TIA K. BUTLER  The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics edited by Laurent Dubois, Kaiama L. Glover, Nadève Ménard, Millery Polyné, and Chantalle F. Verna  80
KATE NELSON  Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang and George Lipsitz  82
ALINA SCOTT“Otherwise” Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Blackness edited by Tiffany Lethabo King, Jenell Navarro, and Andrea Smith    84