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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...


Far from My Father
Far from My Father
Tadjo, Véronique

"To attain some sort of universal value," Véronique Tadjo has said, "a piece of work has to go deep into the particular in order to reveal our shared humanity." In Far from...


Memory at Bay
Memory at Bay
Trouillot, Évelyne

Winner of the prestigious Prix Carbet--an award won by such distinguished authors as Maryse Condé, Jamaica Kincaid, and Raphaël Confiant-- Memory at Bay is now available...


Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals
Waiting for the Vote of the Wild Animals
Kourouma, Ahmadou

Characterized as "the African Voltaire," Ahmadou Kourouma garnered enormous critical and popular praise upon the 1998 release of his third novel, En attendant le vote des bêtes...


Disturbers of the Peace
Disturbers of the Peace

Representations of Madness in Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Josephs, Kelly Baker

Exploring the prevalence of madness in Caribbean texts written in English in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly Baker Josephs focuses on celebrated writers such as Jean Rhys, V....


Vulnerable States
Vulnerable States

Bodies of Memory in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction

De Ferrari, Guillermina

According to Martinican theorist Édouard Glissant, the twentieth century has been dominated in the Caribbean by a passion for the remembrance of colonial history. But while...


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...


Land and Blood
Land and Blood
Feraoun, Mouloud, Editions du Seuil

In Land and Blood, his second novel, the Algerian-Kabyle writer Mouloud Feraoun offers a detailed portrait of life for Algerian Kabyles in the 1920s and 1930s through...


Talk Yuh Talk
Talk Yuh Talk

Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets

Dawes, Kwame

Before the Caribbean-inflected spoken-word poetry of the 1990s, epitomized by poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan, there was reggae. In the past thirty years...


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....


The Madman and the Medusa
The Madman and the Medusa
Tchicaya U Tam'Si

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French and West Indian
French and West Indian

Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana Today

Burton, Richard D. E., Reno, Fred

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...


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...


Race, Romance, and Rebellion
Race, Romance, and Rebellion

Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth Century

O'Brien, Colleen C.

As in many literatures of the New World grappling with issues of slavery and freedom, stories of racial insurrection frequently coincided with stories of cross-racial romance...


Universal Emancipation
Universal Emancipation

The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment

Nesbitt, Nick

Unlike the American and French Revolutions, the Haitian Revolution was the first in a modern state to implement human rights universally and unconditionally. Going well beyond...


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...


The Cross-Dressed Caribbean
The Cross-Dressed Caribbean

Writing, Politics, Sexualities

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina, Ledent, Bénédicte, del Valle Alcalá, Roberto

Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative...


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...


The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination
The Haitian Revolution in the Literary Imagination

Radical Horizons, Conservative Constraints

Kaisary, Philip

The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) reshaped the debates about slavery and freedom throughout the Atlantic world, accelerated the abolitionist movement, precipitated rebellions...


Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat

A Reader's Guide

Munro, Martin

Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), the novel born from Edwidge Danticat’s childhood in Haiti and immigration to New York City, was one of the great literary debuts of recent...


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...


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...


Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity
Caribbean Perspectives on Modernity

Returning Medusa's Gaze

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina

Taking up the challenge of redefining modernity from a Caribbean perspective instead of assuming that the North Atlantic view of modernity is universal, Maria Cristina...


Orphan Narratives
Orphan Narratives

The Postplantation Literature of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse

Loichot, Valérie

In Orphan Narratives, Valérie Loichot investigates the fiction and poetry of four writers who emerged from the postslavery plantation world of the Americas—William...


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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