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Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics

Author : Kameelah L. Martin
ISBN : 9781498523295
Genre : Social Science
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This book interrogates eight contemporary American films to determine what role the use of Voodoo in popular representations has played in the construction of black female imaginaries within the United States. It evaluates how filmmakers employ Voodoo aesthetics to reenact black women’s spirituality on screen by engaging themes of body politics, expressions of sexuality, agency, self-determination, and cultural appropriation.

Between Two Worlds

Author : Celucien L. Joseph
ISBN : 9781498545761
Genre : History
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Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa is a special volume on Jean Price-Mars that reassesses the importance of his thought and legacy, and the implications of his ideas in the twenty-first century’s culture of political correctness, the continuing challenge of race and racism, and imperial hegemony in the modern world. Price-Mars’s thought is also significant for the renewed scholarly interests in Haiti and Haitian Studies in North America, and the meaning of contemporary Africa in the world today. This volume explores various dimensions in Price-Mars’ thought and his role as historian, anthropologist, cultural critic, public intellectual, religious scholar, pan-Africanist, and humanist. The goal of this book is fourfold: it explores the contributions of Jean Price-Mars to Haitian history and culture, it studies Price-Mars’ engagement with Western history and the problem of the “racist narrative,” it interprets Price-Mars’ connections with Black Internationalism, Harlem Renaissance, and the Negritude Movement, and finally, the book underscores Price-Mars’ contributions to post colonialism, religious studies, Africana Studies, and Pan-Africanism.

African Modernity And The Philosophy Of Culture In The Works Of Femi Euba

Author : Iyunolu Osagie
ISBN : 9781498545679
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is a significant and original contribution to the ongoing conversation on modernity. It uses the creative and critical works of Nigerian playwright and novelist Femi Euba to demonstrate the place and function of African cultures in modernity and makes the case for the vibrancy of such cultures in the shaping and constitution of the modern world. In addition to a critique of Euba’s fifty-year artistic career, this book offers an account of Euba’s formative relationship with the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Wole Soyinka, during the promising days of the Nigerian theatre in the immediate post-independence period, and the effect of this relationship on Euba’s artistic choices and reflections. Euba contributes to our understanding of Africa’s negotiation of modernity in significant ways, especially in his sensitive reading of Esu, the Yoruba god of fate and chance, as an artistic consciousness whose historical and ideological mobility during New World slavery, during Africa’s colonial period, and in the manifestations in the black diaspora today emblematizes the process we call modernity. By using ritual, myth, and satire as avenues to the debate on modernity, Euba lays emphasis on the transformative possibilities at the crossroads of history. His works engage the psychological interconnections between old gods and new worlds and the dialogic relationship between tradition and modernity. Delineating the philosophical and literary debates that reject an easy division between a stereotypically traditional Africa and a modern West, the author shows how Euba’s plays and novel engage the entwined and intimate relationships between the modern and the traditional in contemporary Africa, and thereby she asserts the global resonance of Euba’s African, and specifically Yoruba, conception of the world. By meticulously collecting, cataloguing, and critiquing Euba’s works, Osagie models a new way of practicing African literary studies and invites us to glimpse narrative genius on the continent that she firmly believes African scholars should both promote and celebrate.

Defenders Of The Unborn

Author : Daniel K. Williams
ISBN : 9780199391646
Genre : Abortion
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"Abortion is the most divisive issue in America's culture wars, seemingly creating a clear division between conservative members of the Religious Right and people who align themselves with socially and politically liberal causes. In Defenders of the Unborn, historian Daniel K. Williams complicates the history of abortion debates in the United States by offering a detailed, engagingly written narrative of the pro-life movement's mid-twentieth-century origins. He explains that the movement began long before Roe v. Wade, and traces its fifty-year history to explain how and why abortion politics have continued to polarize the nation up to the present day"--Provided by publisher.

Conjuring Moments In African American Literature

Author : K. Samuel
ISBN : 9781137336811
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book engages the ways African American authors have shifted, recycled, and reinvented the conjure woman in fiction. Kameelah Martin Samuel traces her presence and function in twentieth-century literature through historical records, oral histories, blues music, and collections of African American folklore.

The Additional Journals And Letters Of Frances Burney

Author : Teacher Stewart Cooke
ISBN : 9780199658114
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This is the first of two volumes of The Additional Letters and Journals of Frances Burney. Together the volumes will present material not included in the existing series of Burney's journals and letters. Frances Burney's earlier journals and letters have been edited by Lars E. Troide, Stewart Cooke, and Betty Rizzo as The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (5 volumes., Oxford: Clarendon; Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988-2012). The court journals and letters are being edited by Peter Sabor, Stewart Cooke, Lorna Clark, Geoffrey Sill, and Nancy Johnson as The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney (6 volumes, in progress, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-), while the later journals and letters have been edited by Joyce Hemlow and others as The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame d'Arblay), 1791-1840 (12 volumes, Oxford: Clarendon, 1972-84). Beginning with a letter to Burney's sister Susanna, dated 6-8 January 1784, and ending with a letter to Mary Hamilton Dickinson, dated 11 July 1786, this volume closes the gap between the The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, which covers the period 1768-1783 and the The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, which covers the period 1786-1791. Written at the height of Burney's fame as a novelist, the journals and letters included in this volume detail the loss of her friendship with Hester Thrale upon the latter's marriage to Gabriel Piozzi and the growth of her friendship with William and Frederica Lock, who provide her with physical and emotional refuge at Norbury Park, and with Mary Delany, who connects her with eventual Royal privilege and a position as Keeper of the Robes. This volume also includes Burney's unique record of the final days of Samuel Johnson's life and an appreciation of his life and work; extended commentary, appreciative but often comic, on Burney's meetings with King George III and Queen Charlotte; and also revealing insight into the ambiguous nature of her relationship with the Cambridges of Twickenham Meadows, visits to whom offered alternating elements of happiness and misery. Much of the text is dedicated to Burney's frustrating relationship with George Cambridge, a Lord Orville with feet of clay. Volume 2 will consist of all the letters, and journal and diary entries, written between 1791 and 1840 that were not included in the series of later journals, thus completing the modern editing of Burney's surviving journals and letters from 1768 until her death in 1840.

Slave Religion

Author : Albert J. Raboteau
ISBN : 9780195174137
Genre : History
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Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."

Encyclopedia Of African American History 3 Volumes

Author : Leslie M Alexander
ISBN : 9781851097746
Genre : Social Science
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A fresh compilation of essays and entries based on the latest research, this work documents African American culture and political activism from the slavery era through the 20th century. • Contributions from over 100 specialists on African America and the African diaspora • A spectacular selection of illustrations and photographs, such as a Kongo cosmogram, the African burial ground in New York City, and maps of the Triangular Trade and the Underground Railroad

Theory From The South

Author : Jean Comaroff
ISBN : 9781317250623
Genre : Social Science
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As nation-states in the Northern Hemisphere experience economic crisis, political corruption and racial tension, it seems as though they might be 'evolving' into the kind of societies normally associated with the 'Global South'. Anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff draw on their long experience of living in Africa to address a range of familiar themes - democracy, national borders, labour and capital and multiculturalism. They consider how we might understand these issues by using theory developed in the Global South. Challenging our ideas about 'developed' and 'developing' nations, Theory from the South provides new insights into key problems of our time.

Sassafrass Cypress Indigo

Author : Ntozake Shange
ISBN : 1429956666
Genre : Fiction
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Ntozake Shange's beloved Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo is the story of three sisters and their mother from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (The New York Times).

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