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Caribbean and African Studies


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


Virginia Landmarks of Black History
Sites on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places

Calder Loth, ed.

The 64 sites described in this book are a testament to the contribution that African-Americans have made to Virginia history over the last four centuries. The buildings they constructed, the churches in which they worshiped and the schools in they studies preserve the story of these contributions.


Leonora
The Buried Story of Guadeloupe

Dany Bebel-gisler. Translated by Andrea Leskes Afterword by Vera M Kutzinski and Cynthia Mesh

Leonara is a first in francophone Caribbean literature: neither fiction nor biography, this book by sociologist and Creole-culture advocate Dany Bebel-Gisler has elements of both novelistic and documentary style. It has been likened to the Latin-American testimonio genre (testimony novel). The real... More


Sterling A. Brown
Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition

Joanne V. Gabbin

Sterling A. Brown's achievement and influence in the field of American literature and culture are unquestionably significant. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, German, and Russian and has been read in literary circles throughout the world. He is also one of the principal... More


Anthropology and Africa
Changing Perspectives on a Changing Scene

Sally Falk Moore

No one working in Africa today or studying Africa in any discipline whatever can afford to ignore the anthropological literature. It has long been the foundational background for a variety of African studies. However, there has never been a succinct historical description of the way the Africanist... More


Sugar's Secrets
Race and the Erotics of Cuban Nationalism

Vera M. Kutzinski

How and why has Cuba's national identity been cast in terms of a cross-cultural synthesis called mestizaje, and what roles have race, gender, sexuality, and class played in the construction of that synthesis? What specific cultural, political, and economic interests does mestizaje represent?... More


Cultivation and Culture
Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas

Ira Berlin and Philip D. Morgan, eds.

So central was labor in the lives of African-American slaves that it has often been taken for granted, with little attention given to the type of work that slaves did and the circumstances surrounding it. Cultivation and Culture brings together leading scholars of slavery- historians,... More


The Color of Their Skin
Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954–89

Robert A. Pratt

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Caribbean Discourse
Selected Essays

Translated and with an introduction by J Michael Dash. Edouard Glissant

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Power and the Praise Poem


Leroy Vail and Landeg White

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Nedjma


Kateb Yacine

Nedjma is a masterpiece of North African writing. Its intricate plot involves four men in love with the beautiful woman whose name serves as the title of the novel. Nedjma is the central figure of this disorienting novel, but more than the unfortunate wife of a man she does not love, more than the... More


Freedom Summer


Sally Belfrage

Freedom Summer is a richly detailed account of a young white woman who participated in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's summer project in Mississippi in 1964. The text covers one intense summer from the basic training session in June to the Democratic Convention in August.


The Festival of the Greasy Pole


Rene Depestre

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Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82


Aime Cesaire. Translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith, Introduction by A. James Arnold

Aime Cesaire has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as likely to "figure alongside the Eliot-Pound-Yeats triumvirate that has dominated official poetic culture for more than fifty years." He was a cofounder and exponent of the concept of negritude and is a major spiritual, political,... More


Lone Sun


Daniel Maximin

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Tropical Circle


Alioum Fantour. Translated by Dorothy S. Blair. Introduction by Aliko Songolo

This novel, winner of the coveted Grand Prix de Littérature d'Afrique Noire, has been seen as a story about the struggles of nation-building in Africa, as a fierce depiction of dictatorships in the Third World, and as a profound meditation on the nature of pwer everywhere.


The Bastards


Bertne Juminer. Translated with critical Introduction by Keith Q Warner

This is a novel of education: social, political, radical, and medical. The protagonist is collective, a group of medical students from French Guiana at the University of Montpellier, France, who learn what separates them as Caribbean people from their French and African counterparts.Juminer... More


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