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Caribbean and African Studies

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.


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

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Power and the Praise Poem

Leroy Vail and Landeg White

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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

The Madman and the Medusa

Tchicaya U Tam'Si. Translated by Sonja Haussmann Smith and William Jay Smith. Introduction by Eric Sellin

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