Abolitionist Literature | Abolishing Literature

ABOLIT is a blog for collective-self-publishing writings and writers that want to abolish present domineering and exploitive ecosocial structures. ABOLIT believes that such an abolition is most possible through the cooperation of autonomous collectives, including the collectives often referred to as individuals. While ABOLIT expects and hopes you may name the structures you wish to abolish in writings posted, ABOLIT does not name them here for they are innumerable; ABOLIT knows you know and are learning how to name and destroy them. ABOLIT does not name them in advance so that we can name them as we must destroy them, together. That said, ABOLIT recognizes that abolitionism has a distinct historic relation to the Atlantic slave trade and its carceral afterlives, and black radical writings and writers are and must be a guide to our work.

Ok, so Abolitionist Literature. Why Abolish Literature? Capital-L Literature is a field of production that participates in the production of existing ecological society. It names a set of apparatuses that rely on and preserve a relatively distinct sector of power and prestige, one that, like every sector of existing ecological society, relies upon and reiterates domination and exploitation. While ABOLIT has been created because of a belief that writings and writers can participate in abolition, ABOLIT has doubts about writings’ and writers’ ability to do so by predominantly engaging Literary apparatuses. Abolitionist literature must abolish literature along with everything else.

A word on negativity. ABOLIT believes that what we desire and love is more intense and expansive than what we hate. It is also often difficult to state directly what we desire and love, for it moves and sustains us while evading definition. What we hate we define ourselves against or in departure from, what we love continually redefines us in embrace. In any case, we expect and hope writings and writers posting here to be influenced by any number of radical and revolutionary loves.

A word on collective-self-publishing. Among the radical and revolutionary traditions we love, there are inspiring traditions of collective-publishing and self-publishing. And yet each has limits. Collective-publishing has all of the advantages of cooperation and all the difficulties of consensus, including the limitation that only a certain number of projects can be cooperated upon at any given time. Self-publishing has all the advantages of autonomy and all the difficulties of operating in relative isolation. ABOLIT hopes to synthesize the advantages of each while overcoming some of their limits by striving to post anything anyone to submits. To build our collective readership, we do require that prior to submitting you sign up for our monthly newsletter.