The X of Representation: Rereading Stuart Hall

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2019 Number 96-97

The X of Representation: Rereading Stuart Hall
David Marriott pages -
DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:96/97.08.2019


This essay is a study of the notion of representation – its relation to difference, politics, diaspora, otherness, truth, and doxa – within Stuart Hall’s work. The reevaluation of this concept in terms of dialectics and différance, or of blackness and innocence, is shown to be an abiding preoccupation of Hall’s work. In particular, because blackness (or its notion) is never innocent, this essay explores the consequences of a certain undecidability that attends any encounter between representation and difference. And it is this X – its shaping of black meaning and life – that alerts us to an unsettling tension in Hall’s work that no knowledge or encounter can fill and that leads to a purely negative reassessment of the racial imperatives of certain truths.

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David Marriott (2019) The X of Representation: Rereading Stuart Hall, New Formations, 2019(96-97 ), -.

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