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The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba
The Mambi-Land, or Adventures of a Herald Correspondent in Cuba

A Critical Edition

O'Kelly, James J., Brittan, Jennifer

In late 1872, the New York Herald named James J. O’Kelly its special correspondent to Cuba, to cover what would later be known as the Ten Years’ War. O’Kelly was tasked...


The Abandoned Baobab
The Abandoned Baobab

The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman

Bugul, Ken

The subject of intense admiration--and not a little shock, when it was first published--The Abandoned Baobab has consistently captivated readers ever since. The book has...


I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
Condé, Maryse

This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and...


The Quebec Connection
The Quebec Connection

A Poetics of Solidarity in Global Francophone Literatures

Tolliver, Julie-Françoise

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the idea of independence inspired radical changes across the French-speaking world. In The Quebec Connection, Julie-Françoise Tolliver...


Rituals of Race
Rituals of Race

American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy

Lorini, Alessandra

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...


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...


The Color of Their Skin

Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954–89

Pratt, Robert A.

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The Segregated Scholars
The Segregated Scholars

Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890–1950

Wilson, Francille Rusan

In Segregated Scholars Francille Rusan Wilson explores the lives and work of fifteen black labor historians and social scientists as seen through the prisms of gender, class,...


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...


The Sacred Act of Reading
The Sacred Act of Reading

Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature

Castro, Anne Margaret

From Zora Neale Hurston to Derek Walcott to Toni Morrison, New World black authors have written about African-derived religious traditions and spiritual practices.  The...


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...


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...


New World Modernisms
New World Modernisms

T.S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, and Kamau Brathwaite

Pollard, Charles W.

James Clifford tells us that modernism has become a "traveling culture" because it reflects the "discrepant cosmopolitanism" of the twentieth century – that is, a world in...


Pathologies of Paradise
Pathologies of Paradise

Caribbean Detours

Nair, Supriya M.

Pathologies of Paradise presents the rich complexity of anglophone Caribbean literature from pluralistic perspectives that contest the reduction of the region to Edenic...


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...


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...


Climb to the Sky
Climb to the Sky
Dracius, Suzanne

Climb to the Sky collects a novella and eight stories by one of the most celebrated and versatile French Caribbean writers, Suzanne Dracius. Set in the author’s native...


Signs of Dissent
Signs of Dissent

Maryse Condé and Postcolonial Criticism

Fulton, Dawn

Maryse Condé is a Guadeloupean writer and critic whose work has challenged the categories of race, language, gender, and geography that inform contemporary literary and...


Cultural Haunting
Cultural Haunting

Ghosts and Ethnicity in Recent American Literature

Brogan, Kathleen

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...


Idle Talk, Deadly Talk
Idle Talk, Deadly Talk

The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature

Rodríguez Navas, Ana

Chaucer called it "spiritual manslaughter"; Barthes and Benjamin deemed it dangerous linguistic nihilism. But gossip-long derided and dismissed by writers and intellectuals-is...


The Bastards
The Bastards
Juminer, Bertne

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...


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...


Race Man
Race Man

The Rise and Fall of the "Fighting Editor," John Mitchell Jr

Alexander, Ann Field

Although he has largely receded from the public consciousness, John Mitchell Jr., the editor and publisher of the Richmond Planet, was well known to many black, and not a few...


Starving on a Full Stomach
Starving on a Full Stomach

Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa

Wylie, Diana

An ideology of African ignorance that justified white supremacy grew up in South Africa during the first half of the twentieth century: if Africans were hungry, it was because...


In Search of Annie Drew
In Search of Annie Drew

Jamaica Kincaid's Mother and Muse

Dance, Daryl Cumber

There is perhaps no other person who has been so often and obsessively featured in any writer’s canon as Jamaica Kincaid’s mother, Annie Drew. In this provocative new book,...


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