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Caribbean and African Studies


Juanita
A Romance of Real Life in Cuba Fifty Years Ago, Mary Peabody Mann. Edited and with an Introduction by Patricia M. Ard

Originally published in 1887 and never before reprinted, Juanita is a historical romance based on Mary Peabody Mann's experience of living on a Cuban slaveholder's plantation from 1833 to 1835. The novel centers on the extended visit of helen Wentworth, a New England teacher, to a childhood friend'... More


It Shall Be of Jasper and Coral and Love-across-a-Hundred-Lives
Werewere Liking. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager

The West African writer, painter, playwright, and director Werewere Liking is considered one of the best literary interpreters of the postcolonial condition in Africa. Her first work to be translated into English, these two novels spare nothing in their satirical portraits of the patriarchal view... More


Of Dreams and Assassins
Malika Mokeddem. Translated by Melissa Marcus

Of Dreams and Assassins is the urgent and rhythmic fourth novel of Malika Mokeddem, her second to appear in English. Born in Algeria to a Bedouin family that had only recently become sedentary, Mokeddem was raised on the stories of her grandmother, who encouraged her education at a time when girls... More


Of Dreams and Assassins
Malika Mokeddem. Translated by Melissa Marcus

Of Dreams and Assassins is the urgent and rhythmic fourth novel of Malika Mokeddem, her second to appear in English. Born in Algeria to a Bedouin family that had only recently become sedentary, Mokeddem was raised on the stories of her grandmother, who encouraged her education at a time when girls... More


"Beyond Our Wildest Dreams"
The United Democratic Front and the Transformation of South Africa Ineke van Kessel

As anyone who lived through that decade knows, the 1980s in South Africa were marked by protest, violent confrontation, and international sanctions. Internally, the country saw a bewildering growth of grassroots organizations--including trade unions, civic associations in the black townships,... More


Blood from Your Children
The Colonial Origins of Generational Conflict in South Africa Benedict Carton

The young black activists whose rejection of their parents' complacency led to the 1976 Soweto uprising and the eventual demise of apartheid are part of a long tradition of generational conflict in South Africa. In Blood from Your Children, Benedict Carton traces this intense challenge to an... More


Colonial Subjects
An African Intelligentsia and Atlantic Ideas Philip S. Zachernuk

West African intellectuals have a long history of engaging with European intrusion by reflecting on their status as colonial and postcolonial subjects. Against the tendency to view this engagement as a confrontation between the modern west and traditional Africa, Philip S. Zachernuk argues that the... More


General Sun, My Brother
Translated and with an introduction by Carrol F. Coates. Jacques Stephen Alexis

The first novel of the Haitian novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis, General Sun, My Brother appears here for the first time in English. Its depiction of the nightmarish journey of the unskilled laborer Hilarion and his wife from the slums of Port-au-Prince to the cane fields of the Dominican Republic... More


Leading the Race
The Transformation of the Black Elite in the Nation's Capital, 1880–1920 Jacqueline M. Moore

Historians of the African American experience after Reconstruction have tended to imply that the black elite served only their own interests, that their exclusive control of black institutions precluded efforts to improve the status of African Americans in general. In Leading the Race, Jacqueline M... More


Women of Algiers in Their Apartment
Edited by Assia Djebar. Translated by Marjolijn de Jager and Clarisse Zimra

The cloth edition of Assia Djebar's Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, her first work to be published in English, was named by the American Literary Translators Association as an ALTA Outstanding Translation of the Year. Now available in paperback, this collection of three long stories, three... More


Rituals of Race
American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy Alessandra Lorini

In this sophisticated study of the struggle for African American human rights in America, Alessandra Lorini examines public events in New York City from the end of the Civil War through World War I, demonstrating how ritualized elements of black processions, parades, riots, and festivals made... More


Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory
Strategies of Language and Resistance Celia Britton

Edouard Glissant has written extensively in French about the colonial experience in the Caribbean. Since he is known primarily as a novelist and poet, his theoretical essays have so far remained largely unread by the English-language theorists in this field. This book situates Glissant within... More


Autobiography and National Identity in the Americas
Steven V. Hunsaker

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY in the Americas puts texts from English and French Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Bolivia, and the United States into a hemispheric dialogue on national and ethnic identity. Drawing on such materials as journals, personal essays, autobiography, and the... More


Caribbean Romances
The Politics of Regional Representation Belinda Edmondson, ed.

This interdisciplinary volume on postcolonial Caribbean culture brings together ten essays by exciting young scholars who challenge some of the established assumptions of postcolonial studies. The contributors look at ways in which the "romance" trope is employed within contemporary Caribbean... More


Cultural Haunting
Ghosts and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature Kathleen Brogan

Ghost stories in various forms have been a part of popular literature for centuries, from Shakespeare to Dickens to Faulkner. Over the past twenty-five years, a resurgence of haunting plots has occurred in American literature. In Cultural Haunting, Kathleen Brogan makes the case that this recent... More


The Collected Poetry
Leopold Sedar Senghor. Translated by Melvin Dixon

Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's... More


The Other America
Caribbean Literature in a New World Context J. Michael Dash

A wide-ranging work that explores two centuries of Caribbean literature from a comparative perspective. While haunted by the need to establish cultural difference and authenticity, Caribbean thought is inherently modernist in its recognition of the interplay between cultures, brought about by... More


Slave in A Box
The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima Maurice M. Manring

The figure of the mammy occupies a central place in the lore of the Old South and has long been used to ullustrate distinct social phenomena, including racial oppression and class identity. In the early twentieth century, the mammy became immortalized as Aunt Jemima, the spokesperson for a line of... More


Reflections of Loko Miwa
Lilas Desquiron. Translated by Robin O. Bodkin

Reflections of Loko Miwa is th first novel for Lilas Desquiron, one of few Haitian women writers to gain international recognition. The country's complex social and political situation is the setting for the story of two women ordained by the spirits of Vodou to be marasa (twins) in spite of their... More


Enterprising Southerners
Black Economic Success in North Carolina 1865-1915 Robert C. Kenzer

Surprisingly, there existed a small population of southern blacks who experienced economic gains in the fifty years following the Civil War. This book examines the characteristics of North Carolina’s African-American population in order to explain the social and political factors that shaped... More


Before Freedom Came
African-American Life in the Antebellum South Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr. and Kim S. Rice, eds.

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Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order
Timothy Keegan

In this masterly work of synthesis and reinterpretation, Timothy Keegan looks anew at the relatively neglected period of South African history before the mineral age- in particular the years of British rule up to the 1850s- and decisively establishes its importance in the shaping of South African... More


A New Plantation South
Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth-Century Arkansas Jeannie M. Whayne

Jeannie M. Whayne traces the emergence of a transformed southern plantation system in the Arkansas delta decades after the end of the Civil War. By manipulating laws and federal and state agencies to gain control over land policy, Poinsett County planters fought to maintain their place on the land... More


Monsters,Tricksters, and Sacred Cows
Animal Tales and American Identities A. James Arnold. Afterword by Derek Walcott

The 1992 Quincentennial of the encounter between the New World and the Old resulted in a veritable culture war- an extreme polarization of hardened ideological positions on different ideas of America. Monsters, Tricksters, and Sacred Cows brings a fresh perspective to the confusing question of... More


French and West Indian
Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana Today Richard D. E. Burton and Fred Reno, eds. Foreword by A. James Arnold

In 1946, after more than three hundred years as French colonies, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana were transformed into "overseas departments" of France, equal and identical in theory to any French department. This book assesses the effects of almost half a century of political... More


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