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At the Café and The Talisman
At the Café and The Talisman
Dib, Mohammed

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...


Exile: According to Julia
Exile: According to Julia
Pineau, Gisele

Gisèle Pineau was born, and spent the first fourteen years of her life, in Paris. Her parents, originally from the island of Guadeloupe, were part of the massive...


Creole Recitations
Creole Recitations

John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late Nineteenth-Century Caribbean

Smith, Faith L.

John Jacob Thomas (1841-1889) was one of the leading members of a newly emergent intelligentsia in nineteenth-century Trinidad—a group that could be identified as both "...


Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature
Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature

From Alexis to the Digital Age

Murray-Román, Jeannine

Focusing on the literary representation of performance practices in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone Caribbean literature, Jeannine Murray-Román shows how a shared...


Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory
Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory

Strategies of Language and Resistance

Britton, Celia

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...


States of Violence
States of Violence

Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa

Bay, Edna G., Donham, Donald L.

The essayists whose work is collected here -- historians, anthropologists, and political scientists -- bring their diverse disciplinary perspectives to bear on various forms of...


Tropical Circle
Tropical Circle
Fantour, Alioum

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...


Consuming Visions
Consuming Visions

Cinema, Writing, and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro

Conde, Maite

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...


Mapping Hispaniola
Mapping Hispaniola

Third Space in Dominican and Haitian Literature

Myers, Megan Jeanette

Because of their respective histories of colonization and independence, the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic has developed into the largest economy of the Caribbean, while...


Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line

Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation

Ward, Candace

Crossing the Line examines a group of early nineteenth-century novels by white creoles, writers whose identities and perspectives were shaped by their experiences in...


Water Graves
Water Graves

The Art of the Unritual in the Greater Caribbean

Loichot, Valérie

Water Graves considers representations of lives lost to water in contemporary poetry, fiction, theory, mixed-media art, video production, and underwater sculptures....


Richard Potter
Richard Potter

America's First Black Celebrity

Hodgson, John A.

Apart from a handful of exotic--and almost completely unreliable--tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is almost unknown today. Two hundred years ago, however, he was the...


Dézafi
Dézafi
Frankétienne

Dézafi is no ordinary zombie novel. In the hands of the great Haitian author known simply as Frankétienne, zombification takes on a symbolic dimension that stands as a...


Locating the Destitute
Locating the Destitute

Space and Identity in Caribbean Fiction

Radović, Stanka

While postcolonial discourse in the Caribbean has drawn attention to colonialism’s impact on space and spatial hierarchy, Stanka Radović asks both how ordinary people as "users...


Juanita
Juanita

A Romance of Real Life in Cuba Fifty Years Ago,

Mann, Mary Peabody

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...


Wives of the Leopard
Wives of the Leopard

Gender, Politics, and Culture in the Kingdom of Dahomey

Bay, Edna G.

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...


Beyond the Royal Gaze
Beyond the Royal Gaze

Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda

Kodesh, Neil

Winner of the 2011 African Studies Association Herskovits Award

Beyond the Royal Gaze shifts the perspective from which we view early African politics by...


Guarding Cultural Memory
Guarding Cultural Memory

Afro-Cuban Women in Literature and the Arts

González Mandri, Flora

In Guarding Cultural Memory, Flora González Mandri examines the vibrant and uniquely illuminating post-Revolutionary creative endeavors of Afro-Cuban women. Taking on...


The Purloined Islands
The Purloined Islands

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

Karem, Frederick J.

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-...


Market Aesthetics
Market Aesthetics

The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction

Machado Sáez, Elena

In Market Aesthetics, Elena Machado Sáez explores the popularity of Caribbean diasporic writing within an interdisciplinary, comparative, and pan-ethnic framework. She...


The Key to the Door
The Key to the Door

Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia

Apprey, Maurice, Poe, Shelli M.

The Key to the Door frames and highlights the stories of some of the first black students at the University of Virginia. This inspiring account of resilience and...


Singular Performances
Singular Performances

Reinscribing the Subject in Francophone African Writing

Syrotinski, Michael

Francophone African writing is often concerned with questions of subjectivity and narrative agency, and it is this focus Michael Syrotinski takes as his point of departure in...


Writing Rumba
Writing Rumba

The Afrocubanista Movement in Poetry

Arnedo-Gómez, Miguel

Arising in the heyday of the music recently made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club, afrocubanismo was an artistic and intellectual movement in Cuba in the 1920s and 1930s...


Schooling Jim Crow
Schooling Jim Crow

The Fight for Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics

Driskell, Jay Winston Jr.

In 1919 the NAACP organized a voting bloc powerful enough to compel the city of Atlanta to budget $1.5 million for the construction of schools for black students. This victory...


Trans-Atlantic Sojourners
Trans-Atlantic Sojourners

The Story of an Americo-Liberian Family

Young, M. Neely

Unique in its formation and in a citizenry made up largely of repatriated ex-slaves, Liberia has been the scene of a fascinating intercontinental history. Trans-Atlantic...


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