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Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Antonio D. Tillis


272 pages

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After generations of being rendered virtually invisible by the US academy in critical anthologies and literary histories, writing by Latin Americans of African ancestry has become represented by a booming corpus of intellectual and critical investigation. This volume aims to provide an introduction to the literary worlds and perceptions of national culture and identity of authors from Spanish-America, Brazil, and uniquely, Equatorial Guinea, thus contextually connecting Africa to the history of Spanish colonization. The importance of Latin America literature to the discipline of African Diaspora studies is immeasurable, and this edited collection provides a ripe cultural context for critical comparative analysis among the vast geographies that encompass African and African Diaspora studies. Scholars in the area of African Diaspora Studies, Black Studies, Latin American Studies, and American literature will be able to utilize the eleven essays in this edition to enhance classroom instruction and further academic research.

Table of Contents

Introduction Antonio D. Tillis Part One: Engaging the Transnational, Cosmopolitan and Postcolonial in Afro-Hispanic Texts Introduction to Part One Antonio D. Tillis 1. Roots and Routes: Transnational Blackness in Afro-Costa Rican Literature Dorothy E. Mosby 2. Los nietos de Felicidad Dolores (The Grandchildren of Felicidad Dolores) and the Contemporary Afro-Hispanic Historical Novel: A Postcolonial Reading Sonja Stephenson Watson 3. Cultural Transnationality and Cosmopolitanism in the Poetic Journeys of Nancy Morejón Antonio D. Tillis Part Two: Africa and African Cosmology and Literary Tradition in Hispanic (Con) Texts Introduction to Part Two Antonio D. Tillis 4. Yoruba Cosmology as Technique in Malambo by Lucía Charún-Illescas Aida L. Heredia 5. Myth, Legend & Reality: Redesigning the Narrative Style in Manuel Zapata Olivella’s Hemingway, the Death Stalker Cristina Cabral 6. Nicomedes Santa Cruz: A Clarion for Black Cultural Traditions in Peru Martha Ojeda 7. Bridging Literary Traditions in the Hispanic World: Equatorial Guinean Drama and the Dictatorial Cultural-Political Order Elisa Rizo Part Three: Defining and Redefining Identities in Latin American Literature Introduction to Part Three Antonio D. Tillis 8. Black, Woman, Poor: The Many Identities of Conceição Evaristo Ana Beatriz Rodrigues Gonçalves 9. The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil Dawn Duke 10. Talking Back with Ana Lydia Vega: Identity, Gender and the Subversive Portrayal of Mestizaje Emmanuel Harris, III 11. Dialogically Redefining the Nation: Hip-hop and the Collective Identity Lesley Feracho

About the Editor

Antonio D. Tillis is an Associate Professor at Dartmouth College. A Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (2009-2010), he is the editor of PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association) and author of Manuel Zapata Olivella and the "Darkening" of Latin American Literature (2005) and Caribbean-African…Upon Awakening: Poetry by Blas Jiménez (2010).

About the Series

Routledge Studies on African and Black Diaspora

Routledge  Studies  on  African  and  Black  Diaspora is  designed  as  a  forum  that confronts established  academic  boundaries  in  the  study  of  social,  cultural  and political history of people  of  African  descent  while  at  the  same  time  exploring  the  contours  of  knowledge production and  understanding about Africa and its diaspora through rigorous and critical scrutiny.

The series marks a critical development in publishing theoretically and historically significant works   on   the   lived   experiences   of   people   of   African   descent   in   all  parts  of  the world. The  series publishes original works of the highest    quality   from  across  the broad  disciplinary  fields  of  social  sciences  and  humanities  with  a  strong  emphasis  on theoretically informed  and  empirically  grounded  texts.  Focus  issues  include  the centrality of power  and resistance, knowledge production, gendered cartographies, memory, race, class and  other aspects of social identity   in exploring   different dimensions (cultural, geographic, political, social and psychological)  through which people  of  the  African  descent have  moved in  the context  of globalized and transnational spaces.

The editors welcome book proposals as well as manuscripts that address issues related to  African and Black  Diaspora. Single authored manuscripts as well as thematically coherent  edited  volumes will  be considered.  Inquiries should be directed to the Series Editors or the Routledge editor:

Fassil Demissie,
DePaul University, (

Sandra Jackson,
DePaul University (

Leanne Hinves

Routledge Books (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography