Race and Displacement
Nation, Migration, and Identity in the Twenty-First Century
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Foreword - Houston A. Baker Jr.
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...i sensed, too, that the South ern scheme of oppression was but an append-age of a far vaster and in many respects more ruthless and impersonal af ri can existence is neither a linear time nor a simple sequence in which each moment effaces, annuls, and replaces those that preceded it, to the point where a single age exists within society. This time is not a series but an inter-...
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This volume is the result of the “race and displacement” symposium that took place oc to ber 1– 3, 2009, at the university of alabama. We owe a great debt of gratitude to all those who made that conversation among scholars a We extend our very deepest thanks to robert olin, dean of the College of arts and Sciences, and Jimmy Williams, associate dean of Multicultural af-...
Introduction - Philip D. Beidler
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...originally conceived of and entitled the alabama Symposium on english and ameri can literature, the university of alabama symposium series sponsored by the english department and the College of arts and Sciences, begun in fall 1974, may now be said manifestly in its own substantial scholarly record of nearly four decades to trace out the radical evolution of the discipline and of ...
Reflections on 'Race and Displacement' - Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
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...transnational identity is not always dynamic within the discussion of race in the united States. however, the “race and displacement” symposium held at the university of alabama, tuscaloosa, in oc to ber 2009 incorporated this crucial aspect in the discussions. The symposium focused on the concept of racial diasporas—removals, migrations, colonial and postcolonial geogra-...
I. Race and Bodies
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Lady Eve’s Garden Sings the Blues: Spirituality and Identity in Gloria Naylor’s 'Bailey’s Café' - Regina N. Bradley
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Spirituality and identity in Gloria naylor’s Bailey’s Café a prevalent theme that connects the vari ous experiences of women in the af-ri can diaspora is the sense of displacement, a peculiarity that saturates the stories constructed about their lives. The single- dimensioned representation of being either hypersexual or asexual left little room for expressing the multi-...
Blackqueer Aesthesis: Sexuality and the Rumor and Gossip of Black Gospel - Ashon T. Crawley
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...in this essay i consider the sound of religious music in relation to a socio-sexual understanding of queerness as nonnormative, resistant, and utopist. influenced by aesthetic and sound studies, this essay investigates the rela-tion of aurality to subject formation and personhood that both anticipates and escapes subjection (Moten 2003, 1). in the notational devices of West ern ...
The Practice of Embodiment: Transatlantic Crossings and Black Female Sexuality in Nella Larsen’s 'Quicksand' - Deborah Katz
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...in The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Inter-nationalism, Brent edwards argues that the central question of harlem re-naissance writings should be how “black expression between the world wars . . . was molded through attempts to appropriate and transform the discourses of internationalism” (2003, 3). figuring alain locke’s “new negro” as a “new” ...
Returning from “Beyond the Bridge” : Postcolonial Hybridity in Gloria Naylor’s 'Mama Day' - Matthew Dischinger
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...in The Empire Writes Back, Bill ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and helen tiffin contend that the “ ‘Black writing’ model” should not find a home in post-colonial criticism because such a conflation would “overlook . . . the very great cultural differences between literatures which are produced by a Black mi-nority in a rich and powerful white country and those produced by the Black ...
II. Race and Place
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Immigrant Desire: Contesting Canadian Safety and Whiteness in Dionne Brand's 'In Another Place, Not Here' - Lauren Vedal
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Canada is frequently imagined as a haven (for British loyalists, runaway slaves, draft dodgers, and refugees, to name a few). Such an image presents a Canada that is by definition “safe”—or at least safer than the places that drive people there. Thus, safety and the nation become synonymous in Canada. however, despite its diverse population and institutional commitment to multicultural-...
Beyond Race and Nation: The African American Barbary Captivity Narrative of Robert Adams - Melanie Fritsch
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...af ri can ameri can writings from the colonial and early national periods have traditionally been read through the lens of the antebellum fugitive slave nar-rative, and early black texts have oft en been reduced to mere precursors of the more popu lar autobiographical genre. The criti cal preoccupation with the autobiographical slave narrative has largely foreclosed a reading of those ear-...
Upon the Public Highways: Travel and Race in Charles W. Chesnutt’s 'The Marrow of Tradition' - Walter Bosse
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...[W]hen i hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thun-der, shaking the earth with his feet, and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils . . . it seems as if earth had got a race now worthy to inhabit it.not only could you travel upward toward success but you could travel down-ward as well . . . meeting your old selves coming and going and perhaps all at ...
III. Race and Nation
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Washing the Ethiop Red: Sir Francis Drake and the Cimarrons of Panama - Cassander L. Smith
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...in 1572, england’s Sir francis drake and a motley crew of pirates landed on the Panama isthmus, intending to rob a Spanish mule train—or caravan of mules—loaded with tons of gold and silver farmed out of mines along the west coast of South america. as mule trains had done on so many occasions be-fore, this caravan intended to travel north to Panama, then cut across the isth-...
Nations, Migration, and Métis Subsistence, 1860–1940 - Delia Hagen
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...after 1860, Canada and the united States invaded the north ern Great Plains. a stream of non- indian agricultural settlers inundated the region’s indige-nous societies. among the affected indigenous groups were the Métis, a ra-cially and ethnically mixed nation produced by the intercultural contact of the fur trade. The Métis relied on a highly mobile trapping and trading life-...
Disorientation in Julie Otsuka’s 'When the Emperor Was Divine' : The Imprisoned Spaces of Japanese Americans during World War II - Abigail G. H. Manzella
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...“[a] Jap is a Jap,” the commander of the West ern defense, lieutenant General John l. deWitt, stated in the midst of World War ii, but this statement was not made against the Japanese who had attacked Pearl harbor. instead, it directly questioned the loyalty of Japanese ameri can soldiers. deWitt had explained this ideology when he spoke before a congressional committee the day before: ...
IV. Race and Imagination
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Moreau avec Cuvier, Kant avec Sade: Saint Domingue, Sara Baartman, and the Technologies of Imperial Desire - Jonathan Glover
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...in his essay “kant avec Sade,” lacan posits equivalency between two philo-sophical extremes, noting that Sade’s “Philosophy in the Bedroom comes eight years after [kant’s] Critique of Practical Reason. . . . [t]he one accords with the other. . . . [Philosophy in the Bedroom] gives the truth of the Critique” (1963, 55); both kant’s categorical imperative and Sade’s primary nature demonstrate ...
An Oracular Swan Song? : American Literary Modernism, Modernity, and the Trope of Lynching in Jean Toomer’s 'Cane' - Yumi Pak
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...in 1921, Jean toomer moved from Wash ing ton, d.C., to Sparta, Georgia, to serve as the principal at Sparta agricultural and industrial School. during this time, toomer was introduced to “folk- songs and spirituals” that he found “very rich and sad and joyous and beautiful,” yet because of the strong ob-jection against them from af ri can ameri cans who lived in the actual town ...
Cultural Schizophrenia and Postcolonial Identity in Derek Walcott’s 'Dream on Monkey Mountain' and Bernadine Evaristo’s 'Lara' - Kathrin Kottemann
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...in these lines from “The new Ships,” edward kamau Brathwaite highlights issues that plague individuals affected by the af ri can diaspora who strive to create their own postcolonial identities (1973, 125). The narrator of this poem has traveled away from his home to discover this identity, but he feels even more like an outsider. his parentage is not clear, although he knows he be-...
Afterword: The Complexities of Home - Trudier Harris
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...“home,” robert frost asserts in “The death of the hired Man” (1915), “is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in.” frost’s statement presupposes a moral obligation, one that the couple to whom the hired man Silas returns in the poem ultimately adheres by allowing him, in spite of his irregular work habits and presumptions with them, to die peace-...
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List of Contributors
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Page Count: 248
Illustrations: 2 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013