Gary A. Olson is Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.
Lynn Worsham is Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Olson is most recently the author of Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric, published by SUNY Press and Worsham is most recently the coeditor (with Sidney I. Dobrin and Gary A. Olson) of The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse, also published by SUNY Press.
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.