Frank B. Wilderson, III
A. B. Dartmouth College (Government/Philosophy); MFA Columbia University (Fiction Writing); Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Rhetoric/Film Studies). His work explores cinema’s formal and narrative “awareness” of political ontology by bringing two disparate modes of representation into conversation with one another: (1) the cinema of Red, White, and Black directors and (2) three traditions of epistemological reflection: Humanism (feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis); Indigenism (meditations on sovereignty and genocide); and Social Death (meditations on the accumulation and fungibility of Black bodies).
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He has worked as an institutional dramaturge for Lincoln Center Theater’s productions of Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes’s Mule Boneand Mbongeni Ngema’s Township Fever; and as a creative dramaturge for the Market Theater in Johannesburg’s production of George C. Wolfe’sThe Colored Museum.
He is the recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; The Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers; and The American Book Award; The Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order; The Judith Stronach Award for Poetry; The Crothers Short Story Award; The Jerome Foundation Artists and Writers Award; The Loft-McKnight Award for Best Prose in the State of Minnesota; and The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America.
His scholarly and creative writing have been published inSocial Identities; Social Justice; Les Temps Modernes; Konch;Callaloo; Obsidian II; Paris Transcontinental; and The Yardbird Press Anthology. He is directing Reparations…Now, a critical documentary (digital film) that captures the terror of unnamable loss shouldered by today’s descendents of slaves. His books include: a memoir, Incognegro (South End Press); and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press).