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The Specter of Races
The Specter of Races

Latin American Anthropology and Literature between the Wars

Birkenmaier, Anke

Arguing that race has been the specter that has haunted many of the discussions about Latin American regional and national cultures today, Anke Birkenmaier shows how theories...


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...


Nedjma
Nedjma
Yacine, Kateb

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...


Cannibal Modernities
Cannibal Modernities

Postcoloniality and the Avant-garde in Caribbean and Brazilian Literature

Madureira, Luís

Unique in its inclusion of Brazil in a comparative study of literary texts and their engagement with Western modernity, Cannibal Modernities is the first postcolonial...


The View across the River
The View across the River

Harriette Colenso and the Zulu Struggle against Imperialism

Guy, Jeff

This narrative aims to show how after its conquest, the Zulu kingdom was destroyed by the imperial policies of divide and rule, and how the Colenso family, especially the...


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...


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-...


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

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...


Elusive Origins
Elusive Origins

The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination

Miller, Paul B.

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...


The Equality of Believers
The Equality of Believers

Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa

Elphick, Richard

From the beginning of the nineteenth century through to 1960, Protestant missionaries were the most important intermediaries between South Africa’s ruling white minority and...


Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers
Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers

History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana

MacGaffey, Wyatt

In his new book, the eminent anthropologist Wyatt MacGaffey provides an ethnographically enriched history of Dagbon from the fifteenth century to the present, setting that...


Leonora
Leonora

The Buried Story of Guadeloupe

Bebel-gisler, Dany

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...


The Lynching of Emmett Till

A Documentary Narrative

Metress, Christopher

At 2:00 A.M. on August 28, 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, visiting from Chicago, was abducted from his great-uncle’s cabin in Money, Mississippi, and never seen alive...


A Cultural History of Underdevelopment
A Cultural History of Underdevelopment

Latin America in the U.S. Imagination

Leary, John Patrick

A Cultural History of Underdevelopment explores the changing place of Latin America in U.S. culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the recent U.S.-Cuba détente. In...


Monsters,Tricksters, and Sacred Cows
Monsters,Tricksters, and Sacred Cows

Animal Tales and American Identities

Arnold, A. James

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...


How Societies Are Born
How Societies Are Born

Governance in West Central Africa before 1600

Vansina, Jan

Like stars, societies are born, and this story deals with such a birth. It asks a fundamental and compelling question: How did societies first coalesce from the small foraging...


Trustbuilding
Trustbuilding

An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility

Corcoran, Rob

"Trustbuilding, using personal narrative and exhaustive reporting by Rob Corcoran, chronicles how Hope in the Cities has moved what looked like an immoveable barricade...


The Punitive Turn
The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

McDowell, Deborah E., Harold, Claudrena N., Battle, Juan

The Punitive Turn explores the historical, political, economic, and sociocultural roots of mass incarceration, as well as its collateral costs and consequences. Giving...


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...


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...


Against the Hounds of Hell
Against the Hounds of Hell

A Life of Howard Thurman

Eisenstadt, Peter

An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and other leaders of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the history of African Americans...


Charlottesville 2017
Charlottesville 2017

The Legacy of Race and Inequity

Harold, Claudrena N., Nelson, Louis P.

When hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, triggering an eruption of racist violence, the tragic conflict reverberated throughout the world. It also had a...


Economy Hall
Economy Hall

The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood

Shaik, Fatima

It is impossible to imagine New Orleans, and by extension American history, without the vibrant and singular Creole culture. In the face of an oppressive white society, members...


After Apartheid
After Apartheid

Reinventing South Africa?

Shapiro, Ian, Tebeau, Kahreen

Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country’s history. That...


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...


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