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The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora

Transatlantic Musings, 1st Edition

By Jerome C. Branche


192 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book studies the creative discourse of the modern African diaspora by analyzing poems, novels, essays, hip-hop and dub poetry in the Caribbean, England, Spain, and Colombia, and capturing diasporan movement through mutually intersecting axes of dislocation and relocation, and efforts at political group affirmation and settlement, or “location.” Branche’s study connects London’s multimillion-dollar riots of 2011, and its antecedents associated with the West Indian settler community, to the discontent and harrowing conditions facing black immigrants to contemporary Spain as gateway to Fortress Europe. It links the brutal massacres that target Colombia’s dispossessed and displaced poor - and mainly black - “throwaway” citizens, victims of the drug trade and neoliberal expansionism, to older Caribbean stories that tell of the original spurts of capitalist greed, and the colonial cauldron it created, at the center of which lay the slave trade. In revisiting the question of what really has awaited Afro-descendants at the end of the Middle Passage, this volume brings transatlantic slavery, the making of weak postcolonial states that bleed people, and the needle’s eye of racial identification together through a close reading of rappers, black radicals, dub poetry, and novelists from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Branche at once demonstrates the existence of an archive of Afro-modern diasporan, discursive production, and just as importantly, points toward a historically-rooted theoretical framework that would contain its liberatory trajectory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Malungaje: Toward a Poetics of Diaspora 1. Dislocation and Re/membering: Ndongo and D’Aguiar Write the Middle Passage 2. Dislocation and Double Consciousness in Kamau Brathwaite: The Poet as Guinea-bird 3. Speaking Truth, Speaking Power: Of "Immigrants," Immanence, and Linton Kwesi Johnson’s "Street 66" 4. Exile’s Half-Life, Exile’s Dead End: The Conundrum of Relocation in Equatoguinean Literature 5. Marcando Territorio (Marking Territory): Location as Project and Process in Colombia. Conclusion.

About the Author

Jerome C. Branche is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

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
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)