Pan-African American Literature: Signifyin(g) Immigrants in the Twenty-First Century

Stephanie Li

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Published: 30-09-2018

£27.50

Charts the contours of literature by African born or identified authors centred around life in the United States. The texts examined deliberately signify on the African American literary canon to encompass new experiences of immigration, assimilation and identification that challenge how blackness has been previously conceived.

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Description

The twenty-first century is witnessing a dynamic broadening of how blackness signifies both in the U.S. and abroad. Literary writers of the new African diaspora are at the forefront of exploring these exciting approaches to what black subjectivity means. Pan-African American Literature is dedicated to charting the contours of literature by African born or identified authors centered around life in the United States. The texts examined here deliberately signify on the African American literary canon to encompass new experiences of immigration, assimilation and identification that challenge how blackness has been previously conceived. Though race often alienates and frustrates immigrants who are accustomed to living in all-black environments, Stephanie Li holds that it can also be a powerful form of community and political mobilization.

Additional information

Dimensions 152 × 229 mm
Page Count 190