Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities

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The interplay of influences among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveals the international dimension of their literatures. Affinities among these writers have their source in Africa and the common new world experiences of slavery, racism, and colonialism.

In this study, the author begins by examining the influence of Africa and Spain upon the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans. He explores the reciprocal exchange...

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Overview

The interplay of influences among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveals the international dimension of their literatures. Affinities among these writers have their source in Africa and the common new world experiences of slavery, racism, and colonialism.

In this study, the author begins by examining the influence of Africa and Spain upon the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans. He explores the reciprocal exchange of influences among artists of African descent in the United States and in Latin America—from established writers to a new generation of writers, including women. Among those writers are Richard Wright, Paule Marshall, Henry Dumas, Nicolas Guillen, Nelson Estupinan Bass, and Nancy Morjon. Notable are the literary influences and wide travels of Langston Hughes in the 1920s.

The breadth of the cross-cultural comparisons provided in this volume makes it the most comprehensive source available on African-ancestored literature in the Americas. This is excellent reading for those interested in diaspora studies.

About the Author:
Richard Jackson is professor, Department of Spanish, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Jackson received a Research Achievement Award from Carleton that allowed him to complete the work on this volume. He is a founder of the Afro-Hispanic Review.

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Influences and affinities among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveal the international dimension of their literatures. This study examines the influence of Africa and Spain on the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans, exploring the reciprocal exchange of influences among artists of African descent in the US and in Latin American. Writers discussed range from established writers to a new generation, including Richard Wright, Gayle Jones, and Nancy Mor<'e>jon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780882580395
  • Publisher: Howard University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 15
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The International Dimension in U.S. Black Writing 1
1 U.S. Black Writers and Spain 15
The Spanish Civil War and Its Aftermath 15
The Black Writer Resident in Spain 27
2 U.S. Black Writers and Latin America 41
From Spain to Latin America 41
The Black "Womanist" Writer and Brazil 47
Mexican Interludes 53
The Impact of Cuba and Chile 71
3 The Influence of U.S. Black Writers 81
The Slave Narratives 81
The Example of Langston Hughes 82
Harlem and the Jazz Age: Black Modernism as Model and Threat 94
From Wright to Revolution 98
From Black Power and the Turbulent Sixties to Roots 102
4 Hispanic Black Writers and the United States 113
Racism and Black America 113
The Hispanic Black Writer in the United States 133
5 Black Writers in Latin America Today 143
From Old Guard to New 143
Nancy Morejon, the "New Woman" in Cuba, and the First Generation of Black Writers of the Revolution 144
Black Writers in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and South America 150
Tradition and Renewal 161
Conclusion: Hispanic Black Criticism and the North American Perspective 169
Selected Bibliography 181
Index 195
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