Black Imagination and the Middle Passage / Edition 1

Black Imagination and the Middle Passage / Edition 1

by Maria Diedrich
     
 


This volume of essays examines the forced dispossession caused by the Middle Passage. The book analyzes the texts, religious rites, economic exchanges, dance, and music it elicited, both on the transatlantic journey and on the American continent. The totality of this collection establishes a broad topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends… See more details below

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This volume of essays examines the forced dispossession caused by the Middle Passage. The book analyzes the texts, religious rites, economic exchanges, dance, and music it elicited, both on the transatlantic journey and on the American continent. The totality of this collection establishes a broad topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends from the interior of Africa across the Atlantic and to the interior of the Americas, and from the beginning of the Passage to the present day. A collective narrative of itinerant cultural consciousness as represented in histories, myths, and arts, these contributions conceptualize the meaning of the Middle Passage for African American and American history, literature, and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195126419
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
W. E. B. Du Bois Institute Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Prologue: "The Middle Passage Blues"3
1The Middle Passage between History and Fiction: Introductory Remarks5
Pt. I"Voyage through Death ..."
2Patterns in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1662-1867: New Indications of African Origins of Slaves Arriving in the Americas21
3The Slave Ship Dance33
4The (De)Construction of the "Other" in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano47
5Landings: Robert Hayden's and Kamau Brathwaite's Poetic Renderings of the Middle Passage in Comparative Perspective57
6The Poetics of Abjection in Beloved70
7Surviving through a Pattern of Timeless Moments: A Reading of Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River86
Pt. II"... To Life upon These Shores"
8Dislocation, Violence, and the Language of Sentiment103
9The Color of Money: Economic Structures of Race and Gender under Slavery117
10Judicial Nullification: The South Carolinian Movement to Reopen the African Slave Trade in the 1850s127
11Africa in South Carolina: Mamie Garvin Field's Lemon Swamp and Other Places144
12"The Persistence of Tradition": The Retelling of Sea Islands Culture in Works by Julie Dash, Gloria Naylor, and Paule Marshall153
13The African American Concept of the Fantastic as Middle Passage164
Pt. III"In Africa, There Are No Niggers"
14The Enigma of the Return183
15The Hues and Uses of Liberia191
16Voyage into the Heart of Africa: Pauline Hopkins and Of One Blood203
17African Americans in Africa: Black Missionaries and the "Congo Atrocities." 1890-1910215
18Sexual Violence and the Black Atlantic: On Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy228
19Alice Walker, Activist: Matron of FORWARD240
20Passages to Identity: Re-Membering the Diaspora in Marshall, Phillips, and Cliff255
21Return Passages: Maryse Conde Brings Tituba Back to Barbados271
22Mediterranean Passage: The Beginnings of an African Italian Literature and the African American Example282
Epilogue: "Transatlantic Passages Revisited, Tenerife"305
Index307

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