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Global Issues in the Teaching of Language, Literature and Linguistics

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Edited By Francisco Javier Díaz-Pérez, María Belén Díez-Bedmar, Paula García-Ramírez and Diego Rascón Moreno

This book results from a teaching innovation project funded by the University of Jaén (Spain), in which four lecturers of the English Department, the editors of the volume, were involved. The objectives of this project had to do with the development of the global citizenship generic competence in the English Studies degree and, consequently, with the introduction of global issues in language, literature and linguistics courses. The volume contains 10 chapters, pre-ceded by an introduction, and deals with the reflections of lecturers and scholars with different academic backgrounds on the inclusion of global issues in the teaching of the English Language, General Linguistics and Literature at university level.

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Their Songs of Exile, Their Drums of Loss: On (Un)translatable Odysseys MAYA G. VINUESA 145

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MAYA G. VINUESA Their Songs of Exile, Their Drums of Loss1: On (Un)translatable Odysseys2 1. Africans, African Caribbeans in Britain: Diaspora and literature Africans continue to arrive on European coasts... not always by choice, as the continuing history of economic relations between North and South, Europe and Africa force people every year to leave their homes in Senegal, Nigeria, Liberia, Mali and many other countries to land in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and various parts of Europe. As López Rodríguez (2009) points out, Africans in Europe and European Afrodescendants have arrived from Africa, from the Caribbean, from North and South America and they do not share a common language, history, ethnicity or culture. Some of them have been living in Europe for centuries, most migrated or were born here in the second half of the 20th century, many are arriving on a daily basis, making of the image of cayucos and pateras a recurring headline in the news. Whether many white Europeans like it or not, she adds, from Russia to the Mediterranean, Afrosporic communities have become rooted on European soil, and their presence, even if statistically minoritary, is still rather visible at all levels of our variegated societies. Being much less homo- 1 Verses from Nichols (2005: 13). 2 I wish to thank Sharmilla Beezmohun for sharing her ideas about the links be- tween contemporary afrosporic writing and the Black British literary tradition, including unpublished ideas about Linton Kwesi Johnson’s poetry and challeng- es...

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