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Caribbean and African Studies


At the Café and The Talisman



Mohammed Dib. Translated by C. Dickson. afterword by Mildred P. Mortimer

Reflecting distinct and important stages in the career of the preeminent Algerian writer Mohammed Dib, "At the Café" and "The Talisman" brings together two collections that embroider on themes relating to the Algerian War for Independence (1954–1962). At the Café, published in 1955, is mostly... More


Sex and the Citizen

Interrogating the Caribbean


edited by Faith Smith

Sex and the Citizen is a multidisciplinary collection of essays that draws on current anxieties about "legitimate" sexual identities and practices across the Caribbean to explore both the impact of globalization and the legacy of the region’s history of sexual exploitation during colonialism,... More


The Purloined Islands

Caribbean-U.S. Crosscurrents in Literature and Culture, 1880–1959


Jeff Karem

The Purloined Islands offers the first book-length exploration of literary and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Caribbean during the roughly eighty-year period of their greatest interaction, from the close of the Spanish-American War to the Cuban Revolution. The interconnected... More


In Search of Julien Hudson

Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans


Edited by Erin M. Greenwald

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Edwidge Danticat

A Reader's Guide


Edited by Martin Munro. Foreword by Dany Laferrière

Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), the novel born from Edwidge Danticat’s childhood in Haiti and immigration to New York City, was one of the great literary debuts of recent times, marking the emergence of an impressive talent in addition to opening up an entire culture to a broad general readership.... More


Cuba and the Fall

Christian Text and Queer Narrative in the Fiction of José Lezama Lima and Reinaldo Arenas


Eduardo González

The literature of Cuba, argues Eduardo González in this new book, takes on quite different features depending on whether one is looking at it from "the inside" or from "the outside," a view that in turn is shaped by official political culture and the authors it sanctions or by those authors and... More


Elusive Origins

The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination


Paul B. Miller

Although the questions of modernity and postmodernity are debated as frequently in the Caribbean as in other cultural zones, the Enlightenment—generally considered the origin of European modernity—is rarely discussed as such in the Caribbean context. Paul B. Miller constellates modern Caribbean... More


One Love, Ghoema Beat

Inside the Cape Town Carnival


John Edwin Mason

One Love, Ghoema Beat: Inside the Cape Town Carnival takes readers behind the scenes of one of the world’s least known and most colorful carnivals. Similar in many ways to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the Cape Town Carnival is unique in its history, which is rooted in... More


The Rise and Fall of Apartheid



David Welsh

On his way into Parliament on February 2, 1990, F. W. de Klerk turned to his wife Marike and said, referring to his forthcoming speech: "South Africa will never be the same again after this." Did white South Africa crack, or did its leadership yield sufficiently and just in time to avert a... More


Beyond the Royal Gaze

Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda


Neil Kodesh

Winner of the 2011 African Studies Association Herskovits Award Beyond the Royal Gaze shifts the perspective from which we view early African politics by asking what Buganda, a kingdom located on the northwest shores of Lake Victoria in present-day Uganda, looked like to people who were not of the... More


The Afrikaners

Biography of a People


Hermann Giliomee

This book is a biography of the Afrikaner people. A historian and journalist who was one of the earliest and staunchest Afrikaner opponents of apartheid, Hermann Giliomee weaves together life stories and historical interpretation to create a narrative history of the Afrikaners from their beginnings... More


Aunt Résia and the Spirits and Other Stories



Yanick Lahens. Translated by Betty Wilson. Foreword by Edwidge Danticat. Introduction by Marie-Agnès Sourieau

The Haiti of Yanick Lahens's path-breaking short fiction is a country demanding our compassion as it reveals to us its horrors. For decades among the forefront of Haitian writers, Lahens has embarked on a renewal of the genre of short stories that she inherited from Caribbean—and especially Haitian... More


Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity

Returning Medusa's Gaze


Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Taking up the challenge of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective instead of assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is universal, Maria Cristina Fumagalli shows how the Caribbean's contributions to the modern world not only provide a more accurate account of the past but also... More


Exhibiting Slavery

The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum


Vivian Nun Halloran

Exhibiting Slavery examines the ways in which Caribbean postmodern historical novels about slavery written in Spanish, English, and French function as virtual museums, simultaneously showcasing and curating a collection of "primary documents" within their pages. As Vivian Nun Halloran attests,... More


Friends for Life, Friends for Death

Cohorts and Consciousness among the Lunda-Ndembu


James A. Pritchett

Breaking away from traditional ethnographic accounts often limited by theoretical frameworks and rhetorical styles, Friends for Life, Friends for Death offers an insider’s view into the day-to-day lives of a self-selected group of male friends within the Lunda-Ndembu society in northwestern Zambia... More


Strategies for Survival

Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia


William Dusinberre

Strategies for Survival conveys the experience of bondage through the words of former slaves themselves. The interviews—conducted in Virginia in 1937 by WPA interviewers—are considered among the most valuable of the WPA interviews because in Virginia the interviewers were almost all African... More


Transatlantic Solidarities

Irish Nationalism and Caribbean Poetics


Michael G. Malouf

Despite their prominent place in twentieth-century literature in English, novelists and poets from Ireland and the anglophone Caribbean have long been separated by literary histories in which they are either representing a local, nationalist tradition or functioning within an international movement... More


I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem



Maryse Condé

This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later. Maryse Condé brings Tituba out of historical silence and... More


Universal Emancipation

The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment


Nick Nesbitt

Unlike the American and French Revolutions, the Haitian Revolution was the first in a modern state to implement human rights universally and unconditionally. Going well beyond the selective emancipation of white adult male property owners, the Haitian Revolution is of vital importance, Nick Nesbitt... More


Art and Revolution

The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist


Diana Wylie

Thami Mnyele's life spanned the era of apartheid. He was born the same year the National Party won office and came of age in a time (the 1960s) and a place (Johannesburg) that offered a sensitive young black artist little encouragement. In 1985, in the waning days of apartheid, he was killed by... More


Soon Come

Jamaican Spirituality, Jamaican Poetics


Hugh Hodges

Soon Come celebrates Jamaican poetry as an expression and extension of the island’s rich spiritual traditions, offering fresh insights into some of the late twentieth century’s most important and influential poetry. Drawing inspiration from the history of Myal, Kumina, Revivalism, and Rastafari,... More


Signs of Dissent

Maryse Condé and Postcolonial Criticism


Dawn Fulton

Maryse Condé is a Guadeloupean writer and critic whose work has challenged the categories of race, language, gender, and geography that inform contemporary literary and critical debates. In Signs of Dissent, the first full-length study in English on Condé, Dawn Fulton situates this award-winning... More


Tree of Liberty

Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World


Doris L. Garraway, ed.

On January 1, 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared the independence of Haiti, thus bringing to an end the only successful slave revolution in history and transforming the colony of Saint-Domingue into the second independent state in the Western Hemisphere. The historical significance of the... More


The Abandoned Baobab

The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman


Ken Bugul. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager. With an introduction by Jeanne Garane

The subject of intense admiration--and not a little shock, when it was first published--The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since. The book has been translated into numerous languages and was chosen by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa’s 100 best books of the... More


States of Violence

Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa


Edna G. Bay and Donald L. Donham, eds.

The essayists whose work is collected here -- historians, anthropologists, and political scientists -- bring their diverse disciplinary perspectives to bear on various forms of violence that have plagued recent African history. Exploring violence as part of political economy and rejecting... More


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