1st Edition

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

ISBN 9780415883931
Published July 14, 2010 by Routledge
438 Pages

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Book Description

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 Figures



Introduction: Black Bodies, Practices, Discourses around the Atlantic

1. Circumatlantic Connections, local lives

David Hammons’s Sheep Lottery at Dak’Art 2004: Reading Black Art through Léopold Sédar Senghor’s Négritude

Manthia Diawara

From South Africa to Europe to North America and Back: Sol Plaatje, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Routes of Romance

Annalisa Oboe

Négritude as Performance Practice: Rio de Janeiro’s Black Experimental Theatre

Judith M. Williams

The Book of the Dead: Inscribing Torture into the Black Atlantic

Nicole Waller

The Spirit of Brazil: Football and the Politics of Afro-Brazilian Cultural Identity

Richard Follett

Black Man and White Ladyship (1931): A Manifesto

Renata Morresi

"What We All Long For": Dionne Brand’s Transatlantic Metamorphoses

Franca Bernabei

Slavery, History and Satire: The Legacy of Gilberto Freyre

Marcus Wood

2. Modern Societies, Ancient Routes

Return to the Source: Amilcar Cabral and Flora Gomes

Patrick Williams

Ghosts of Memories, Spirits of Ancestors: Slavery, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic

Cristina Lombardi-Diop

Transatlantic Minstrelsy: Performing Survival Strategies in Slavery and Hip-Hop

Venus Opal Reese

Transbodied/Transcultured: Moving Spirits in Katherine Dunham’s and Maya Deren’s Caribbean

Dorothea Fischer-Hornung

Venture Smith and James Baldwin: Two Strangers in the Village

Ginevra Geraci

The Iconic Ship in the Atlantic Dialogue of Black Britain

Itala Vivan

Lost in Transit: Africa in the Trench of the Black Atlantic

Oyekan Owomoyela

3. Black Bodies, Global voices

I Sing the Black Body Electric: Transnationalism and the Black Body in Walt Whitman, Alain Locke and Paul Robeson

Jeffrey C. Stewart

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Black Intellectual Abroad

Anna Scacchi

Re-Mapping Caribbean Land(Sea)scapes: Aquatic Metaphors and Transatlantic Homes in Caryl Phillips’s The Atlantic Sound

Elvira Pulitano

Strike a Pose: Capitalism’s Black Identity

Paulla A. Ebron

"Nothing but a feeling of brotherhood": The Interracial Question and the Return to Africa in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood

Simone Francescato

Marine Origins and Anti-Marine Tropism in the French Caribbean: André and Simone Schwarz-Bart

Antoinette Tidjani Alou

Narratives of Traversal: Jamaica Kincaid and the Erasure of the Postcolonial Subject

Paul Giles




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Annalisa Oboe teaches English and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Padua, Italy. Her publications include Fiction, History and Nation in South Africa (1994) and the edited volume Mongrel Signatures: Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo (2003) and Approaching Sea Changes: Metamorphoses and Migrations across the Atlantic (2005).

Anna Scacchi teaches American Literature at the University of Padua. She is the author of a book on Melville’s Benito Cereno (2000), and has co-authored a book on American multilingualism (2005).