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The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature

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Part of Cambridge Studies in World Literature

  • Publication planned for: August 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2022
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781316514351

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  • The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature unearths a buried African archive within widely-read Latinx writers of the last fifty years. It challenges dominant narratives in World Literature and transatlantic studies that ignore Africa's impact in broader Latin American culture. Sarah Quesada argues that these canonical works evoke textual memorials of African memory. She shows how the African Atlantic haunts modern Latinx and Caribbean writing, and examines the disavowal or distortion of the African subject in the constructions of national, racial, sexual, and spiritual Latinx identity. Quesada shows how themes such as the 19th century 'scramble for Africa,' the decolonizing wars, Black internationalism, and the neoliberal turn are embedded in key narratives. Drawing from multilingual archives about West and Central Africa, she examines how the legacies of colonial French, Iberian, British and U.S. Imperialisms have impacted on the relationships between African and Latinx identities. This is the first book-length project to address the African colonial and imperial inheritance of Latinx literature.

    • This book builds a literary history of Latin-African solidarity that genuinely bridges hemispheric studies to African studies
    • Considers the influential voices of African, Caribbean, and Latinx/Chicanx theorists from different linguistic traditions as encompassing one literary tradition in the Global South
    • Argues that fiction and memorials sites are mutually constitutive in rebuilding a political history sidelined by colonial and state violence. This book shows the political potency of literature in an era of pessimisms regarding its influence
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    • Publication planned for: August 2022
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781316514351
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Fear: Junot Díaz's zombies and les contorsions extraordinaires in 'Monstro'
    2. Commodification: Badagry and the African safari of Achy Obejas's Ruins
    3. Obliteration: Gabriel García Márquez and his Angolan chronicles of a 'Latin-African' death foretold
    4. Archival distortion: The Chicano-Congo Relación of Tomás Rivera and Rudolfo Anaya.

  • Author

    Sarah Quesada, Duke University, North Carolina
    Sarah M. Quesada is an Assistant Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University.

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