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Constructing Black Selves: Caribbean American Narratives and the Second Generation
     

Constructing Black Selves: Caribbean American Narratives and the Second Generation

by Lisa Diane McGill
 

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ISBN-10: 0814756913

ISBN-13: 9780814756911

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

In 1965, the Hart-Cellar Immigration Reform Act ushered in a huge wave of immigrants from across the Caribbean—Jamaicans, Cubans, Haitians, and Dominicans, among others. How have these immigrants and their children negotiated languages of race and ethnicity in American social and cultural politics? As black immigrants, to which America do they

Overview

In 1965, the Hart-Cellar Immigration Reform Act ushered in a huge wave of immigrants from across the Caribbean—Jamaicans, Cubans, Haitians, and Dominicans, among others. How have these immigrants and their children negotiated languages of race and ethnicity in American social and cultural politics? As black immigrants, to which America do they assimilate?

Constructing Black Selves explores the cultural production of second-generation Caribbean immigrants in the United States after World War II as a prism for understanding the formation of Caribbean American identity. Lisa D. McGill pays particular attention to music, literature, and film, centering her study around the figures of singer-actor Harry Belafonte, writers Paule Marshall, Audre Lorde, and Piri Thomas, and meringue-hip-hop group Proyecto Uno.

Illuminating the ways in which Caribbean identity has been transformed by mass migration to urban landscapes, as well as the dynamic and sometimes conflicted relationship between Caribbean American and African American cultural politics, Constructing Black Selves is an important contribution to studies of twentieth century U.S. immigration, African American and Afro-Caribbean history and literature, and theories of ethnicity and race.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814756911
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Nation of Nations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Performing the Caribbean: Harry Belafonte and the Black Male Body
2.“All o’ We Is One”: Paule Marshall, Black Radicalism,
and the African Diaspora in Praisesong for the Widow
3. Sister-Outsider: African God(desse)s, Black Feminist Politics, and Audre Lorde’s Liberation
4.“How to Be a Negro without Really Trying”: Piri Thomas and the Politics of Nuyorican Identity
5.“Diasporic Intimacy”: Merengue Hip Hop, Proyecto Uno, and Representin’ Afro-Latino Cultures Postscript
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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