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Stranger Faces

Stranger Faces

by Namwali Serpell
Paperback
Publication Date: 20/10/2020
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"Serpell's vital treatise is one readers will find themselves returning to again and again."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

If evolutionary biologists, ethical philosophers, and social media gurus are to be believed, the face is the basis for what we call "humanity." The face is considered the source of identity, truth, beauty, authenticity, and empathy. It underlies our ideas about what constitutes a human, how we relate emotionally, what is pleasing to the eye, and how we ought to treat each other. But all of this rests on a specific image of the face. We might call it the ideal face.

What about the strange face, the stranger's face, the face that thwarts recognition? What do we make of the face that rides the line of legibility? In a collection of speculative essays on a few such stranger faces--the disabled face, the racially ambiguous face, the digital face, the face of the dead--Namwali Serpell probes our contemporary mythology of the face.Stranger Faces imagines a new ethics based on the perverse pleasures we take in the very mutability of faces.

ISBN:
9781945492433
9781945492433
Category:
Literary essays
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20-10-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Transit Books
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
177.8x127x14.22mm
Weight:
0.2kg
Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40.

Her first published story, 'Muzungu', was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2009 and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African writing. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for her story The Sack

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