Abstract

This essay reads George Schuyler’s transnational fantasies—Black Empire, Ethiopian Fictions, and Slaves Today—as a sustained critique and parody of the era’s pan-Africanism, especially of W. E. B. Du Bois’s notion of black Zionism and Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement. In refusing to imagine a global black community linked by racial or political identification, Schuyler denaturalizes race and makes visible the blind spots of current transnational approaches which continue to make the same romantic assumptions about race as a global binding force that he undermined.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 21-36
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-23
Open Access
No
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