New Perspectives on The Black Atlantic

Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues

by Bénédicte Ledent (Volume editor) Pilar Cuder-Domínguez (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 316 Pages


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.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 316 pp.

Biographical notes

Bénédicte Ledent (Volume editor) Pilar Cuder-Domínguez (Volume editor)

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.


Title: New Perspectives on The Black Atlantic