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New Perspectives on The Black Atlantic

Ledent, Bénédicte / Cuder-Domínguez, Pilar (eds.)

New Perspectives on The Black Atlantic

Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues

Year of Publication: 2012

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 316 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-801-4 pb.  (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-0351-0422-6 (eBook)

Weight: 0.450 kg, 0.992 lbs

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Book synopsis

This collection of essays attempts to expand the notion of the «Black Atlantic» beyond its original racial, geographical, linguistic and cultural borders while acknowledging its remarkable ability to disturb established historical truths and to go beyond traditional dichotomies, thereby providing an essential tool for cross-cultural understanding. It is divided into four sections, each of them dealing with a different approach to the question of the «Black Atlantic». «Definitions» touches on the various limitations of Gilroy’s original concept. «Readings» focuses on how the «Black Atlantic» can be productively used in readings of certain literary texts. «Practices» shifts towards the practical applications of the concept in order to explore the impact it has had on academic disciplines and examine to what extent it may have altered their epistemology and working procedures. Finally, «Dialogues» engages with the «Black Atlantic» from the perspectives of two creative writers whose work includes transatlantic themes and characters.

Contents

Contents: Bénédicte Ledent/Pilar Cuder-Domínguez: Introduction – Laura Chrisman: Whose Black World Is This Anyway? Black Atlantic and Transnational Studies after The Black Atlantic – Kathleen Gyssels: The ‘barque ouverte’ (Glissant) or The Black Atlantic (Gilroy): Erasure and Errantry – Christabelle Peters: Crossing the Black Atlantic to Africa: Research on Race in ‘Race-less’ Cuba – Daria Tunca: Away from a Definition of African Literature(s) – Gary Younge: Drawing a Line between Europe and the ‘Other’ – John McLeod: Taking Shortcuts: Literary Perspectives of the ‘Black Atlantic’ – Imen Najar: Carnival and the Carnivalesque in Robert Antoni’s Carnival Wumi Raji: Tornadoes Full of Dreams: Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic and African Literature of the Transatlantic Imagination – Eva Ulrike Pirker: A Black Atlantic Agenda: Artistic / Narrative Strategies in Caryl Phillips’s The Atlantic Sound and Isaac Julien’s Paradise Omeros – Kathleen Chater: Mapping the Black Presence in England and Wales – Mar Gallego: Teaching the Black Atlantic in Spain: Institutionalisation and European Convergence – Judith Misrahi-Barak: Teaching Caribbean and Black Atlantic Studies in France: A Few Elements of Understanding – Emad Mirmotahari: Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic in Africa’s Other Diaspora – Caryl Phillips/John Mcleod: «Who are you calling a foreigner?» – Lawrence Hill/Pilar Cuder-Domínguez: «A Person of Many Places».

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Bénédicte Ledent is Professor at the University of Liège (Belgium), where she teaches English language and postcolonial literature.
Pilar Cuder-Domínguez is Professor of English at the University of Huelva (Spain), where she teaches British and English-Canadian Literature and Feminist Theory.