The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas

The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas

by Brenda M Greene
     
 

The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, an interdisciplinary collection of essays by scholars and writers whose disciplines include but are not limited to literature, languages, linguistics, history, sociology and psychology, reflects the complexity and diversity of the historical and cultural legacy of the African diasporic reality and

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The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, an interdisciplinary collection of essays by scholars and writers whose disciplines include but are not limited to literature, languages, linguistics, history, sociology and psychology, reflects the complexity and diversity of the historical and cultural legacy of the African diasporic reality and provides a critical perspective for examining the persistence of African cultural traditions in the Americas. These writers and scholars explore the ways in which people connected by moments in history and the common legacies of racism, classism, colonialism and imperialism, have used literature, music, dance, religion and cultural rites and rituals to survive and resist. The poetry and prose of Afro-Cuban icon, Nicolas Guillen and Afro-American literary legend, Gwendolyn Brooks provide a context for exploring these themes. Guillen and Brooks symbolize the triumph of the human spirit and the Africanisms present amongst people who share a common legacy originating in Africa. Building on the themes in the work of these poets, the scholars and writers in The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas examine the nature, persistence and impact of these themes in literature, language, music, dance and religion. The scholarship generated in this collection has implications for the ways in which we read, study and teach cultural studies, literature, history, language, African American Studies, Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443822169
Publisher:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
195

Meet the Author

Brenda M. Greene is Professor of English and Executive Director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. She is co-editor of Resistance and Transformation: Conversations with Black Writers, (2010) Meditations and Ascensions: Black Writers on Writing, (2008), Redefining Ourselves, Black Writers in the Nineties, (1999) and Rethinking American Literature (1997).

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