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African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States
978-1-61149-537-9 • Hardback
December 2014 • $70.00 • (£44.95)
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Pages: 228
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Edited by Persephone Braham
Contributions by Paulina Alberto; Eddie Chambers; Monica Dominguez Torres; Colette Gaiter; Carla Guerron Montero; Carol E. Henderson; Camara Holloway; ; Wayne G. Marshall; Julie L. McGee; Robin D. Moore; Ifeoma Nwankwo; Phillip Penix-Tadsen and Lorrin Thomas
 
Social Science | Regional Studies
University Press Copublishing Division | University of Delaware
Scholars of the African Americas are sometimes segregated from one another by region or period, by language, or by discipline. Bringing together essays on fashion, the visual arts, film, literature, and history, this volume shows how our understanding of the African diaspora in the Americas can be enriched by crossing disciplinary boundaries to recontextualize images, words, and thoughts as part of a much greater whole.

Diaspora describes dispersion, but also the seeding, sowing, or scattering of spores that take root and grow, maturing and adapting within new environments. The examples of diasporic cultural production explored in this volume reflect on loss and dispersal, but they also constitute expansive and dynamic intellectual and artistic production, neither wholly African nor wholly American (in the hemispheric sense), whose resonance deeply inflects all of the Americas. African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States represents a call for multidisciplinary, collaborative and complex approaches to the subject of the African diaspora.
Persephone Braham is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Delaware.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I. THE MIDDLE PASSAGE AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAS PROJECT
Persephone Braham
1. Keith Morrison: Middle Passage
Julie L. McGee
II. SLAVERY, MIGRATION, AND RACIAL IDENTITY
2. The African Diaspora in the Americas: The Caribbean Dimension
Franklin W. Knight
3. Afro-Antillean Presence in the Latin American Melting Pot
Carla Guerrón Montero
4. Puerto Ricans in the Harlem Riot of 1935
Lorrin Thomas
5. Rethinking “Racial Democracy”: Perspectives from Black Thinkers in Twentieth-Century Brazil
Paulina L. Alberto
III. AFRICA IN THE ARTS: MIGRATION, IMPROVISATION, EXCHANGE
6. Pearl Fishing in the Caribbean: Early Images of Slavery and Forced Migration in the Americas
Mónica Domínguez-Torres
7. Improvisation in the Danzón and its Ties to Early New Orleans Jazz
Robin Moore
8. Afrochic: Africa in the Modernist Imagination
Camara Dia Holloway
9. True Blood: Colorblindness, Blanqueamiento, and Vampire Ethnicity in Castro’s Cuba
Phillip Penix-Tadsen
10. Introspection and Projection in Cuban Art
Colette Gaiter
11. Hearing Reggaeton’s African-American Address
Wayne Marshall
12. Black-British and Other African Diaspora Artists Visualizing Slavery
Eddie Chambers
IV. BLACK AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE GLOBAL HUMANITIES


13. Race and Representation in the Digital Humanities: An Inter-American Case Study
Ifeoma Nwankwo
14. Black American Studies at the University of Delaware: Education Across the Lines
Carol Henderson
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