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John E. Drabinski is Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and English at University of Maryland. He specializes in 19th-21st century critical theory in the black Atlantic intellectual tradition. He is the author of four books, most recently Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss (Minnesota 2019) and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh 2012; winner of the Frantz Fanon Book Prize), and has published over four dozen articles on figures and trends in Africana and European philosophy. As well, he has edited book and journal collections on Édouard Glissant, Frantz Fanon, Jean-Luc Godard, James Baldwin, and Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger. He is currently finishing a book that reframes interpretations of Baldwin’s non-fiction entitled ‘So Unimaginable a Price’: Baldwin and the Black Atlantic, to be published by Northwestern University press, as well as a short volume What is the Afropostmodern? as part of the Forerunners series at University of Minnesota Press.