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Caribbean and African Studies


The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba

A Critical Edition James J. O'Kelly. Edited by Jennifer Brittan

In late 1872, the New York Herald named James J. O’Kelly its special correspondent to Cuba, to cover what would later be known as the Ten Years’ War. O’Kelly was tasked with crossing Spanish lines, locating the insurgent camps, and interviewing the president of the Cuban republic, Carlos Manuel de... More


Haitian Revolutionary Fictions

An Anthology Edited and with translations by Marlene L. Daut, Grégory Pierrot, and Marion C. Rohrleitner

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) was the first antislavery and anticolonial uprising led by New World Africans to result in the creation of an independent and slavery-free nation state. The momentousness of this thirteen-year-long war generated thousands of pages of writing. This anthology brings... More


The Sun of Jesús del Monte

A Cuban Antislavery Novel Andrés Avelino de Orihuela. Translated and edited by David Luis-Brown

Translated into English for the first time, Andrés Avelino de Orihuela’s El Sol de Jesús del Monte is a landmark Cuban antislavery novel. Published originally in 1852, the same year as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (which Orihuela had translated into Spanish), it provides an... More


Rum Histories

Drinking in Atlantic Literature and Culture Jennifer Poulos Nesbitt

When you drink rum, you drink history. More than merely a popular spirit in the transatlantic, rum became a cultural symbol of the Caribbean. While rum is often dismissed as set dressing in texts about the region, the historical and moral associations of alcohol generally—and rum specifically—cue... More


Fictions of Whiteness

Imagining the Planter Caste in the French Caribbean Novel Maeve McCusker

The Antilles remain a society preoccupied with gradations of skin color and with the social hierarchies that largely reflect, or are determined by, racial identity. Yet francophone postcolonial studies have largely overlooked a key figure in plantation literature: the béké, the white Creole... More


Slavery by Any Other Name

African Life under Company Rule in Colonial Mozambique Eric Allina

Based on documents from a long-lost and unexplored colonial archive, Slavery by Any Other Name tells the story of how Portugal privatized part of its empire to the Mozambique Company. In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the company governed central Mozambique under a royal charter and... More


Strategies for Survival

Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia William Dusinberre

Strategies for Survival conveys the experience of bondage through former enslaved people's own words. The source of this landmark content is a remarkable series of interviews conducted in Virginia in 1937 by WPA workers. Most of the interviewers were themselves Black; as a result, the subjects... More


Violence and Solace

The Natal Civil War in Late-Apartheid South Africa Mxolisi R. Mchunu

The Natal Midlands in South Africa was ravaged by conflict in the 1980s and 1990s between supporters of the United Democratic Front and Inkatha. The violence left thousands of people dead, injured, homeless, and emotionally wounded. In Violence and Solace, Mxolisi Mchunu provides a historical study... More


Imperial Educación

Race and Republican Motherhood in the Nineteenth-Century Americas Thomas Genova

In the long nineteenth century, Argentine and Cuban reformers invited white women from the United States to train teachers as replacements for their countries’ supposedly unfit mothers. Imperial Educación examines representations of mixed-race Afro-descended mothers in literary and educational... More


Monumental

Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana Brian K. Mitchell, Barrington S. Edwards, and Nick Weldon

Monumental tells, for the first time, the incredible story of Oscar James Dunn, a New Orleanian born into slavery who became America’s first Black lieutenant governor and acting governor. A champion of universal suffrage, civil rights, and integrated public schools, Dunn fought for radical change... More


Economy Hall

The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood Fatima Shaik

It is impossible to imagine New Orleans, and by extension American history, without the vibrant and singular Creole culture. In the face of an oppressive white society, members of the Société d’Economie et d’Assistance Mutuelle built a community and held it together through the era of slavery, the... More


Against the Hounds of Hell

A Life of Howard Thurman Peter Eisenstadt

An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and other leaders of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the history of African Americans in the 20th century. Until now, however, he has not received the biographical treatment he deserves. In Against the Hounds... More


The Quebec Connection

A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures Julie-Françoise Tolliver

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the idea of independence inspired radical changes across the French-speaking world. In The Quebec Connection, Julie-Françoise Tolliver examines the links and parallels that writers from Quebec, the Caribbean, and Africa imagined to unite that world, illuminating the... More


The Civilizations of Africa

A History to 1800 Christopher Ehret

Since its initial publication, The Civilizationsof Africa has established itself as the most authoritative text available on early African history. Addressing the glaring lack of works concentrating on earlier African eras, Christopher Ehret’s trailblazing book has been paired with histories of... More


Humus

Fabienne Kanor. Translated by Lynn E. Palermo

While researching in Nantes, a port city enriched by the slave trade, celebrated French novelist Fabienne Kanor came across a chilling report written in 1774 by the commander of a slave ship, Le Soleil. Captain Louis Mosnier recounted the loss of valuable "cargo" when fourteen African women escaped... More


Comrade Sister

Caribbean Feminist Revisions of the Grenada Revolution Laurie R. Lambert

In 1979, the Marxist-Leninist New Jewel Movement under Maurice Bishop overthrew the government of the Caribbean island country of Grenada, establishing the People’s Revolutionary Government. The United States under President Reagan infamously invaded Grenada in 1983, staying until the New National... More


The Belle Créole

Maryse Condé. Translated by Nicole Simek. Afterword by Dawn Fulton

Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Condé added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The twelfth novel by this celebrated author revolves around an enigmatic crime and the young man at its center. Dieudonné Sabrina, a... More


Water Graves

The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean Valérie Loichot

Water Graves considers representations of lives lost to water in contemporary poetry, fiction, theory, mixed-media art, video production, and underwater sculptures. From sunken slave ships to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Valérie Loichot investigates the lack of official funeral rites in... More


The Sacred Act of Reading

Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature Anne Margaret Castro

From Zora Neale Hurston to Derek Walcott to Toni Morrison, New World black authors have written about African-derived religious traditions and spiritual practices.  The Sacred Act of Reading examines religion and sociopolitical power in modern and contemporary texts of a variety of genres from the... More


Caribbean Jewish Crossings

Literary History and Creative Practice Edited by Sarah Phillips Casteel and Heidi Kaufman

Caribbean Jewish Crossings is the first essay collection to consider the Caribbean's relationship to Jewishness through a literary lens. Although Caribbean novelists and poets regularly incorporate Jewish motifs in their work, scholars have neglected this strain in studies of Caribbean literature.... More


A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers

originally published by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Compiled by Jennifer R. Loux, Matthew Gottlieb, and James K. Hare. Foreword by Colita N. Fairfax

Virginia encompasses "this nation’s longest continuous experience of Afro-American life and culture," esteemed scholar Armstead L. Robinson has written. This book offers both highway and armchair travelers the first published guide to the locations and texts of more than three hundred state... More


Mapping Hispaniola

Third Space in Dominican and Haitian Literature Megan Jeanette Myers

Because of their respective histories of colonization and independence, the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic has developed into the largest economy of the Caribbean, while Haiti, occupying the western side of their shared island of Hispaniola, has become one of the poorest countries in the... More


Schooling Jim Crow

The Fight for Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics Jay Winston Driskell Jr.

In 1919 the NAACP organized a voting bloc powerful enough to compel the city of Atlanta to budget $1.5 million for the construction of schools for black students. This victory would have been remarkable in any era, but in the context of the Jim Crow South it was revolutionary. Schooling Jim Crow... More


After August

Blues, August Wilson, and American Drama Patrick Maley

Critics have long suggested that August Wilson, who called blues "the best literature we have as black Americans," appropriated blues music for his plays. After August insists instead that Wilson’s work is direct blues expression. Patrick Maley argues that Wilson was not a dramatist importing blues... More


Facing Freedom

An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow Daniel B. Thorp

The history of African Americans in southern Appalachia after the Civil War has largely escaped the attention of scholars of both African Americans and the region. In Facing Freedom, Daniel Thorp relates the complex experience of an African American community in southern Appalachia as it negotiated... More


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