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Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic
     

Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic

by Alan Rice
 

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*Broad-based survey of trans-Atlantic black culture*Newest book in the popular Black Atlantic seriesRadical Narratives of the Black Atlantic is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary take on trans-Atlantic black culture. Alan Rice engages fully with Paul Gilroy's paradigm of the Black Atlantic through examination of a broad array of cultural genres including music,

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*Broad-based survey of trans-Atlantic black culture*Newest book in the popular Black Atlantic seriesRadical Narratives of the Black Atlantic is a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary take on trans-Atlantic black culture. Alan Rice engages fully with Paul Gilroy's paradigm of the Black Atlantic through examination of a broad array of cultural genres including music, dance, folklore and oral literature, fine art, material culture, film and literature. The aspects of black culture under discussion range from black British gravesites to sea shanties, from the novels of Toni Morrison to the paintings of the Zanzibar born black British artist Lubaina Himid and from King Kong to the travels of Frederick Douglass and Paul Robeson. The book places such figures as the African American traveller and Barbary slave narrator Robert Adams and the West Indian slave narrator Mary Prince in a Black Atlantic context that explicates them fully. A chapter on the Titanic disaster shows how diasporan Africans composed oral poems about the disaster to criticise the discriminatory practices of its owners and racial imperialism. Overall, the book argues for the crucial importance of Black Atlantic cultures in the formation of our modern world. Moreover, it argues that looking at Black culture and history through a national lens is distorting and reductive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826456076
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Series:
Black Atlantic Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Rice is Principal Lecturer in American Studies and Cultural Theory at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. He has published widely on African American writing and culture and is editor of Encyclopedia of the Black Atlantic to be published in 2004 by ABC-Clio as part of their Transatlantic Encyclopedia series.

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