Ashon T. Crawley is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Riverside.
Blackpentecostal Breath is a work of utter originality anchored by
daring synthesis, acrobatic leaps of imagination, and laced
throughout with passages of jolting beauty. -- -Ann Pellegrini *
coauthor of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of
Religious Tolerance *
A one-of-a-kind intervention into performance, religious, black and cultural studies. -- -Roderick A. Ferguson * Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique *
Crawley's prose is attentive, loving. It's round and sweet. It's generous in associations. Anecdotes and personal emails populate the book...In Blackpentecostal Breath, tales and anecdotes equip us with tools to decode the book;s argument while also allowing us to pause and breathe...Blackpentecostal Breath is a book of its time, but it's decidedly future-oriented. Breathing, after all, is sequential: each breath, however strained, carries the hope of another one, and another one. -- Jean-Thomas Tremblay * -Los Angeles Review of Books *
How does one write "otherwise?"... In short, how does one write
an academic book that engages in the subversive
repurposing of the academy and the university that author Ashon Crawley, citing Fred Moten and Stephano Harney, attributes to the "critical academic"?... So, how to forge new tools in order not to relinquish the academy to white supremacist neoliberal capitalist heteropatriarchy? In this bold first book, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possiblity, Crawley doesn't pontificate on how one might do such re-forging; he forges ahead and does it. Like a good Blackpentecostal musician or preacher, he improvises his way into a powerful re-enactment of the study of religion.