African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States

by Persephone Braham, Paulina Alberto, Eddie Chambers, Monica Dominguez Torres, Colette Gaiter, Carla Guerron Montero, Carol E. Henderson, Camara Holloway, Wayne G. Marshall, Julie L. McGee, Robin D. Moore, Ifeoma Nwankwo, Phillip Penix-Tadsen,

Scholars of the African Americas are sometimes segregated from one another by region or period, by language, or by discipline. Bringing together essays on fashion, the visual arts, film, literature, and history, this volume shows how our understanding of the African diaspora in the Americas can be enriched by crossing disciplinary boundaries to recontextualize images, words, and thoughts as part of a much greater whole.

Diaspora describes dispersion, but also the seeding, sowing, or scattering of spores that take root and grow, maturing and adapting within new environments. The examples of diasporic cultural production explored in this volume reflect on loss and dispersal, but they also constitute expansive and dynamic intellectual and artistic production, neither wholly African nor wholly American (in the hemispheric sense), whose resonance deeply inflects all of the Americas.
African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States represents a call for multidisciplinary, collaborative, and complex approaches to the subject of the African diaspora.
  • University of Delaware Press; December 2014
  • ISBN 9781611495386
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  • Title: African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States
  • Author: Persephone Braham (ed.); Paulina Alberto (contrib.); Eddie Chambers (contrib.); Monica Dominguez Torres (contrib.); Colette Gaiter (contrib.); Carla Guerron Montero (contrib.); Carol E. Henderson (contrib.); Camara Holloway (contrib.); Wayne G. Marshall (contrib.); Julie L. McGee (contrib.); Robin D. Moore (contrib.); Ifeoma Nwankwo (contrib.); Phillip Penix-Tadsen (contrib.); Lorrin Thomas (contrib.)
  • Imprint: University of Delaware Press

In The Press

This collection explores the influence of African bodies and elements on cultures of the Americas. The authors argue that the history of forced migration and enslavement of Africans is constitutive of the identities, stories, and cultural expressions of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. The 14 essays highlight the historical dispersal of African peoples (and their cultures) across the Americas, explore the presence and impact of the African diasporic experience in creative spheres such as music and fashion, and examine the study of the African Americas in the academy. The breadth of topics provides a rich exploration of the various ways that African cultures and the Middle Passage experience are infused in the lived realities and expressions of the Americas. The chapters are relatively short and written in very straightforward language, which makes the text accessible to readers outside academia. . . .Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate collections.

About The Author

Persephone Braham is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Delaware.