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Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine
Born in Jamaica in 1963, Claudia Rankine was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013....
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Video: Situation One

 
by Claudia Rankine

As Christine Hume describes this short film in her essay, "Some Capacities and Fallacies of Literary Hybridity: A Card Game":

"The scene: French soccer star Zinedine Zidane head butts Italian defender Marco Materazzi after he verbally provokes Zidane during the FIFA World Cup final in 2006. Claudia Rankine's 'Situation One' explores how linguistic agency emerges from this scene of enabling vulnerability. In her video-poem, nine seconds become an unsettling five minutes of examined life, of encounter with the Other, of polity constituting itself through exclusion and effacement."

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