284 pages | 9 B/W Illus.
Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic is an interdisciplinary collection of essays of wide historical and geographic scope which engages the legacy of diaspora, colonialism and slavery.
The contributors explore the confrontation between Africa’s forced migrants and their unwelcoming new environments, in order to highlight the unique individual experiences of survival and assimilation that characterized Atlantic slavery. As they focus on the African or Afro-diasporan populations under study, the chapters gauge the degree to which formal independence, coming out of a variety of practices of opposition and resistance, lasting centuries in some cases, has translated into freedom, security, and a "good life."
By foregrounding Hispanophone, Lusophone, and Francophone African and Afro-descendant concerns, over and against an often Anglo-centric focus in the field, the book brings a more representative approach to the area of diaspora or Black Atlantic studies, offering a more complete appreciation of Black Atlantic cultural production across history and across linguistic barriers.
Part I: Iberian Colonialism: Some Principles, People, Praxis.
1. Black Atlantic Identity and the Spanish Inquisition, Baltasar Fra Molinero
2. Picturing the Afro-Hispanic Struggle for Freedom in Early Modern Spain, Carmen Fracchia
3. Health, Raciality and Modernity in Colonial Equatorial Guinea, Benita Sampedro
4. From Lusotropicalism to Lusofonia: Brazil-Angola Cultural Exchanges under the Sign of Coloniality, Emmanuelle Santos
Part II: Postcolonial Conundrums: Dystopia, Relocation, the ‘Postcolony’
5. Origins and Representations of the Dictatorial State in Postcolonial Africa, Robert Spencer
6. Restless Flying from Tunisia to Haiti: A Question of Locating the Tunisian Revolution in Relation to Haiti and the Postcolonial Black Atlantic, R.A. Judy
7. No Telephone to Heaven: Post-Colonial Writing, the Pursuit of Freedom and Colonialism’s Genocidal Impulse, Luis Madureira
8. The Lines of Anti-imperialism: The Circulation of Militant Cinema During the Long 1960s, Luis Trindade
9. (Re)mapping Black Paris: African Space in the Imperial Centre, Madhu Krishnan
10. Animal Presences: Post-Revolutionary Scenarios in Angola and Cuba, Magdalena López
11. A Post-Colonial, National, and Post-National Discourse in Angola Poetry in the Work of Manuel Rui, Robert Simon
Part III: Identitarian Reflections
12. Citizenship and Freedom in the Black Atlantic after 1945 – Context and Challenge, Cary Fraser
13. African Diasporic Autochthonomies: A Syncretic Methodology for Liberatory Indigeneities, Myriam J.A. Chancy
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:
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