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Precarious Passages : The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction (Hardcover)

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“Makes a compelling case for a rethinking of narrative moments including slavery, the Middle Passage, and colonization that have defined the fiction produced in a trans-Atlantic geography. A must-read.”—Maxine Lavon Montgomery, author of The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces of Resistance
“Shows how literary texts perform a cultural mediation of diasporic memory.”—Wendy Walters, author of Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading between Literature and History
“Moves productively between the civil-rights generation of African-American novelists, to the cultural-nationalist generation of Caribbean writers from the decolonization era, to contemporary British, Canadian, and American writers.”—Olakunle George, author of Relocating Agency: Modernity and African Letters
Novels written by members of the far-flung black Anglophone diaspora are usually read, interpreted, and anthologized in separate categories: “African American,” “black Canadian,” “black British,” or “postcolonial African Caribbean.” With a new integrative approach, this book unites literature from these groups, arguing that fiction creates and sustains a sense of a wider African diasporic community in the Western world.
In Precarious Passages, Tuire Valkeakari analyzes the writing of Toni Morrison, Caryl Phillips, Lawrence Hill, and other contemporary novelists of African descent. She shows how their novels connect with each other and with defining moments in the transatlantic experience marked by migration and displacement from home, continually reimagining what it means to share a black diasporic identity.


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