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Caribbean and African Studies


Sounding the Break

African American and Caribbean Routes of World Literature


Jason Frydman

The idea of "world literature" has served as a crucial though underappreciated interlocutor for African diasporic writers, informing their involvement in processes of circulation, translation, and revision that have been identified as the hallmarks of the contemporary era of world literature. Yet... More


The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination

Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints


Philip James Kaisary

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) reshaped the debates about slavery and freedom throughout the Atlantic world, accelerated the abolitionist movement, precipitated rebellions in neighboring territories, and intensified both repression and antislavery sentiment. The story of the birth of the world’... More


The Cross-Dressed Caribbean

Writing, Politics, Sexualities


Edited by Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Bénédicte Ledent, and Roberto del Valle Alcalá

Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative sexualities. The Cross-Dressed Caribbean extends this exploration by using the trope of transvestism not only to analyze texts and... More


The Last Afrikaner Leaders

A Supreme Test of Power


Hermann Giliomee

Finalist for the Alan Paton AwardIn his latest book, renowned historian Hermann Giliomee challenges the conventional wisdom on the downfall of white rule and the end of apartheid. Instead of impersonal forces, or the resourcefulness of an indomitable resistance movement, he emphasizes the role of... More


The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration


Edited by Deborah E. McDowell, Claudrena N. Harold, and Juan Battle

The Punitive Turn explores the historical, political, economic, and sociocultural roots of mass incarceration, as well as its collateral costs and consequences. Giving significant attention to the exacting toll that incarceration takes on inmates, their families, their communities, and society at... More


The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives

Exploring the Self and the Environment


Christina Kullberg

Drawing on narratives from Martinique by Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and Patrick Chamoiseau, among others, Christina Kullberg shows how these writers turn to ethnography—even as they critique it—as an exploration and expression of the self. They acknowledge its tradition as a... More


Disturbers of the Peace

Representations of Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature


Kelly Baker Josephs

Exploring the prevalence of madness in Caribbean texts written in English in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly Baker Josephs focuses on celebrated writers such as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, and Derek Walcott as well as on understudied writers such as Sylvia Wynter and Erna Brodber. Because mad... More


Race, Romance, and Rebellion

Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century


Colleen C. O'Brien

As in many literatures of the New World grappling with issues of slavery and freedom, stories of racial insurrection frequently coincided with stories of cross-racial romance in nineteenth-century U.S. print culture. Colleen O’Brien explores how authors such as Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Livermore,... More


Pathologies of Paradise

Caribbean Detours


Supriya M. Nair

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic or infernal stereotypes. But rather than reiterate the familiar critiques of these stereotypes, Supriya Nair draws on the trope... More


Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery



Henry Goings. Edited by Calvin Schermerhorn, Michael Plunkett, and Edward Gaynor

Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery tells of an extraordinary life in and out of slavery in the United States and Canada. Born Elijah Turner in the Virginia Tidewater, circa 1810, the author eventually procured freedom papers from a man he resembled and took the man’s name, Henry Goings.... More


Postelection Conflict Management in Nigeria

The Challenges of National Unity


John N. Paden

This volume is an invitation to deploy high-level scholarship in a strategic policy-making process that will strengthen the unity of Nigeria. Many in the international community and within Nigeria itself assert that the country is destined for unmanageable collapse, but John Paden proposes how... More


Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers

History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana


Wyatt MacGaffey

In his new book, the eminent anthropologist Wyatt MacGaffey provides an ethnographically enriched history of Dagbon from the fifteenth century to the present, setting that history in the context of the regional resources and political culture of northern Ghana. Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers... More


Climb to the Sky



Suzanne Dracius. Translated by Jamie Davis. Afterword by Edwin C. Hill Jr.

Climb to the Sky collects a novella and eight stories by one of the most celebrated and versatile French Caribbean writers, Suzanne Dracius. Set in the author’s native Martinique and spanning the twentieth century, these narratives display a powerful grasp of the individual set against an often... More


How Societies Are Born

Governance in West Central Africa before 1600


Jan Vansina

Like stars, societies are born, and this story deals with such a birth. It asks a fundamental and compelling question: How did societies first coalesce from the small foraging communities that had roamed in West Central Africa for many thousands of years?Jan Vansina continues a career-long effort... More


The Equality of Believers

Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa


Richard Elphick

From the beginning of the nineteenth century through to 1960, Protestant missionaries were the most important intermediaries between South Africa’s ruling white minority and its black majority. The Equality of Believers reconfigures the narrative of race in South Africa by exploring the pivotal... More


Family Matters

Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland


Marisel C. Moreno

Adopting a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to Puerto Rican literature, Marisel Moreno juxtaposes narratives by insular and U.S. Puerto Rican women authors in order to examine their convergences and divergences. By showing how these writers use the trope of family to question the tenets... More


After Apartheid

Reinventing South Africa?


Edited by Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau

Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country’s history. That definitive and peaceful transition from apartheid is often cited as a model for others to follow. The new order has since... More


Vulnerable States

Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction


Guillermina De Ferrari

According to Martinican theorist Édouard Glissant, the twentieth century has been dominated in the Caribbean by a passion for the remembrance of colonial history. But while Glissant identifies this passion for memory in the thematizing of nature in Caribbean modernist life, scholar Guillermina De... More


Wives of the Leopard

Gender, Politics, and Culture in the Kingdom of Dahomey


Edna G. Bay

Wives of the Leopard explores power and culture in a pre-colonial West African state whose army of women and practice of human sacrifice earned it notoriety in the racist imagination of late nineteenth-century Europe and America. Tracing two hundred years of the history of Dahomey up to the French... 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


Land and Blood



Mouloud Feraoun. Translated by Patricia Geesey. afterword by Patricia Geesey

In Land and Blood, his second novel, the Algerian-Kabyle writer Mouloud Feraoun offers a detailed portrait of life for Algerian Kabyles in the 1920s and 1930s through the story of a Kabyle-Berber man, Amer. Like many Kabyle men of the 1930s, Amer leaves his village to work in the coal mines of... More


The Preacher and the Politician

Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and Race in America


Clarence E. Walker and Gregory D. Smithers

Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African American president of the United States has caused many commentators to conclude that America has entered a postracial age. The Preacher and the Politician argues otherwise, reminding us that, far from inevitable, Obama’s nomination was nearly... More


Consuming Visions

Cinema, Writing, and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro


Maite Conde

Consuming Visions explores the relationship between cinema and writing in early twentieth-century Brazil, focusing on how the new and foreign medium of film was consumed by a literary society in the throes of modernization. Maite Conde places this relationship in the specific context of turn-of-... More


Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere

From the Plantation to the Postcolonial


Raphael Dalleo

Bringing together the most exciting recent archival work in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone Caribbean studies, Raphael Dalleo constructs a new literary history of the region that is both comprehensive and innovative. He examines how changes in political, economic, and social structures... More


Disaster Writing

The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America


Mark D. Anderson

In the aftermath of disaster, literary and other cultural representations of the event can play a role in the renegotiation of political power. In Disaster Writing, Mark D. Anderson analyzes four natural disasters in Latin America that acquired national significance and symbolism through literary... More


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