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Caribbean and African Studies


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 advancement of African Americans in the 20th century. Until now, however, he has not received the full biographical treatment he deserves. In Against... 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


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


Sol Plaatje
A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932 Brian Willan

While the story of modern South Africa has long captured global attention, the story of one of its key forefathers has been eclipsed by those of more iconic political figures. In Sol Plaatje: A Life, Brian Willan restores to history the importance of a remarkable man whose contributions as an... More


We Face the Dawn
Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow Margaret Edds

The decisive victories in the fight for racial equality in America were not easily won, much less inevitable; they were achieved through carefully conceived strategy and the work of tireless individuals dedicated to this most urgent struggle. In We Face the Dawn, Margaret Edds tells the gripping... More


The Collected Essays of Josephine J. Turpin Washington
A Black Reformer in the Post-Reconstruction South Josephine Turpin Washington. Edited by Rita B. Dandridge

Newspaper journalist, teacher, and social reformer, Josephine J. Turpin Washington led a life of intense engagement with the issues facing African American society in the post-Reconstruction era. This volume recovers numerous essays, many of them unavailable to the general public until now, and... More


Edwidge Danticat
The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary Nadège T. Clitandre

Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat is one of the most recognized writers today. Her debut novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, was an Oprah Book Club selection, and works such as Krik? Krak! and Brother, I’m Dying have earned her a MacArthur "genius" grant and National Book Award nominations. Yet... More


Dézafi
Frankétienne. Translated by Asselin Charles. Afterword by Jean Jonassaint

Dézafi is no ordinary zombie novel. In the hands of the great Haitian author known simply as Frankétienne, zombification takes on a symbolic dimension that stands as a potent commentary on a country haunted by a history of slavery. Now this dynamic new translation brings this touchstone in Haitian... More


Idle Talk, Deadly Talk
The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature Ana Rodríguez Navas

Chaucer called it "spiritual manslaughter"; Barthes and Benjamin deemed it dangerous linguistic nihilism. But gossip-long derided and dismissed by writers and intellectuals-is far from frivolous. In Idle Talk, Deadly Talk, Ana Rodríguez Navas reveals gossip to be an urgent, utilitarian, and deeply... More


Bound for Work
Labor, Mobility, and Colonial Rule in Central Mozambique, 1940-1965 Zachary Kagan Guthrie

Diverging from the studies of southern African migrant labor that focus on particular workplaces and points of origin, Bound for Work looks at the multitude of forms and locales of migrant labor that individuals—under more or less coercive circumstances—engaged in over the course of their lives.... More


Do You Hear in the Mountains... and Other Stories
Maïssa Bey. Translated by Erin Lamm. Afterword by Alison Rice

This new translation brings together two of Algerian author Maïssa Bey’s important works for the first time in English. "Do You Hear in the Mountains..." is a compelling piece of autofiction in which three destinies meet dramatically on a train moving through France. We meet an Algerian refugee,... More


Charlottesville 2017
The Legacy of Race and Inequity Louis P. Nelson and Claudrena N. Harold.

When hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, triggering an eruption of racist violence, the tragic conflict reverberated throughout the world. It also had a profound effect on the University of Virginia’s expansive community, many of whose members are involved in teaching issues of... More


The Finger of God
Enoch Mgijima, the Israelites, and the Bulhoek Massacre in South Africa Robert R. Edgar

On the morning of May 24, 1921, a force of eight hundred white policemen and soldiers confronted an African prophet, Enoch Mgijima, and some three thousand of his followers. Called the Israelites, they refused to leave their holy village of Ntabelanga, where they had been gathering since early 1919... More


The Cowboy Capitalist
John Hays Hammond, the American West, and the Jameson Raid in South Africa Charles van Onselen

The Jameson Raid was a pivotal moment in the history of South Africa, linking events from the Anglo-Boer War to the declaration of the Union of South Africa in 1910. For more than a century, the failed revolution has been interpreted through the lens of British imperialism, with responsibility laid... More


I Die by This Country
Fawzia Zouari. Translated by Skyler Artes

The first novel available to English readers by Fawzia Zouari, one of the most important North African authors writing today, begins with an emergency crew’s arrival at a Parisian apartment. Two emaciated young women, sisters, are brought out on stretchers. To the crowd of onlookers the women’s... More


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