Abstract

Abstract:

Cultivating solidarity or love for community for those systematically abused by the state and its civic community is a longstanding challenge. While the latter should primarily shoulder responsibility for (re)building trust, this article focuses on the abused self-exile's agency and possible reasons for return. To understand possible motivations for (re)engagement, this article explores the African American expatriate experience rendered in fiction and criticism. It focuses specifically on William Gardner Smith's The Stone Face and its portrait of the potentialities of Black love as a vehicle of social resurrection and the exercise of political power.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1911-1568
Print ISSN
1044-2057
Pages
pp. 27-46
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-26
Open Access
No
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