Considerations

The Coming Revenge

In Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue (2015), she wonders:

To what degree are creative acts antidotes to the desire for cultural or institutional revenge (91)?

Kapil is writing the story of a race riot through a collection of images. Or scenes. Where the voice that tells the story seeps through into the Ban that portends to hold the collection together. It is a story told through averted vision. For the multiple Bans of the novel, there is the text as some sort of permanent marking around what is otherwise a nothing, a negation. The writing is an act of refusal, but there is not yet revenge. I believe that is still to come. I believe it—the creative act—is not an antidote, not entirely. Though something is made possible, which might just be revenge itself.

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