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Eva Rask Knudsen is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Global Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
Ulla Rahbek is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Global Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
Acknowledgements / Opening: In Search of the Afropolitan / 1. Afropolitanism: A Contested Field and its Trajectories / The Authors in Conversation with Simon Gikandi / 2. The Vexed Question of Mobility / 3. Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Unhinging of Home and Belonging / 4. ‘Africans of the World’ and the Politics of (Re-)Connection / The Authors in Conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Minna Salami, Emma Dabiri, and Asta Busingye Lydersen / The Authors in Conversation with Sefi Atta, Chika Unigwe, and Brian Chikwava / 5. Sharing and Caring: Storytelling and Afropolitan Communities / 6. A Complex Weave: ‘Race,’ Gender, and Afropolitan Love / 7. Less-Fortunate Afropolitans, ‘Lapsed Africans,’ and Class Conundrums / A Statement by Taiye Selasi / Endnotes: Afropolitan Narratives, Tropes, and Styles / References / Index
In this formally and intellectually inventive collection, Knudsen and Rahbek gather together some of the leading voices associated with Afropolitanism. Their interviews with theorists as well as literary practitioners, and their incisive analyses of literary texts, map a generative “conversational space” that opens new possibilities for Afropolitanism’s futures. Theirs is an important and original intervention.
— Carli Coetzee, Editor, Journal of African Cultural Studies
A marvellous book, intellectually rich and resourceful. In approaching Afropolitanism as a 'space of critical enquiry', the authors engage thoroughly with today's challenges of living across cultures and continents. The blend of theoretical enquiry, literary criticism and scholarly interviews inaugurates perfectly their sense of Afropolitanism as an opportunity for interrogative, innovative dialogue about African futurity in local and global frames.
— John McLeod, Professor of Postcolonial and Diaspora Literatures, University of Leeds
This book is an inspiring, rich introduction to current debates on the notions of the Afropolitan and Afropolitanism. With sophisticated analyses of the figure of the Afropolitan in contemporary African diaspora literature, as well as interviews with creative writers and key scholars, the authors resist easy categorizations, providing valuable tools for researchers and students in the multidisciplinary field of African Diaspora Studies.
— Anna Rastas, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Tampere
Though not overtly about the
war, this novel, that was published
first in Arabic in 2013, is a
compendium of resurfaced memories
of that war that shaped the psyche
of a young generation of Lebanese,
who are seen exulting and sulking
as the plot develops to unfold their
stories. The illustrations in black and
white are not only modern and
visually striking but are symbolically
ambiguous, suggesting to this reader
that life finds meaning in shades
Tries to identify and catalogue the (literary) figure of the Afropolitan through an investigation of central Afropolitan ‘moments’ in the contemporary cross-cultural encounter.
Highlights the benefits of exchange and opens up the border between literary fiction and the experienced cultural, social and political realities from which its creative material derives.
Opens up the border between literary fiction and the experienced cultural, social and political realities from which its creative material derives.