Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-14
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book focuses on the migrations and metamorphoses of black bodies, practices and discourses around the Atlantic, particularly with regard to current issues such as questions of identity, political and human rights, cosmopolitics, and mnemo-history.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Black Bodies, Practices and Discourses around the Atlanticp. 1
Circumatlantic Connections, Local Lives
David Hammons's Sheep Raffle at Dak'Art 2004: Reading Black Art through Leopold Sedar Senghor's Negritudep. 11
From South Africa to Europe to North America and Back: Sol Plaatje, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Routes of Romancep. 20
Negritude as Performance Practice: Rio de Janeiro's Black Experimental Theatrep. 45
The Book of the Dead: Inscribing Torture into the Black Atlanticp. 58
The Spirit of Brazil: Football and the Politics of Afro-Brazilian Cultural Identityp. 71
Black Man and White Ladyship (1931): A Manifestop. 93
"What We All Long For": Dionne Brand's Transatlantic Metamorphosesp. 109
Slavery, History, and Satire: The Legacy of Gilberto Freyrep. 128
Modern Societies, Ancient Routes
Return to the Source: Amilcar Cabral and Flora Gomesp. 147
Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery, the Mediterranean, and the Atlanticp. 162
Transatlantic Minstrelsy: Performing Survival Strategies in Slavery and Hip-Hopp. 181
Transbodied/Transcultured: Moving Spirits in Katherine Dunham's and Maya Deren's Caribbeanp. 197
Venture Smith and James Baldwin: Two Strangers in the Villagep. 212
The Ionic Ship in the Atlantic Dialogue of Black Britainp. 225
Lost in Transit: Africa in the Trench of the Black Atlanticp. 238
Black Bodies, Global Voices
I Sing the Black Body Electric: Transnationalism and the Black Body in Walt Whitman, Alain Locke, and Paul Robesonp. 259
W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Intellectual Abroadp. 282
Re-mapping Caribbean Land(Sea)scapes: Aquatic Metaphors and Transatlantic Homes in Caryl Phillips's The Atlantic Soundp. 301
Strike a Pose: Capitalism's Black Identityp. 319
"Nothing but a Feeling of Brotherhood": The Interracial Question and the Return to Africa in Pauline Hopkins's Of One Bloodp. 337
Marine Origins and Anti-Marine Tropism in the French Caribbean: Andre and Simone Schwarz-Bartp. 350
Narratives of Traversal: Jamaica Kincaid and the Erasure of the Postcolonial Subjectp. 365
Bibliographyp. 379
Contributorsp. 407
Indexp. 413
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