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The Ohio State University Press
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Middle Passages and the Healing Place of History: Migration and Identity in Black Women’s Literature brings together a series of essays addressing black women’s fragmented identities and quests for wholeness. The individual essays concern culturally specific experiences of blacks in select African countries, England, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada. They examine identity struggles by establishing the Middle Passage as the first site of identity rupture and the subsequent break from cultural and historical moorings. In most cases, the authors themselves have migrated from their places of origin to new spaces that present challenges. Their narratives replicate the displacement engendered by their own experiences of living with the complexities of diasporic existence. Their female characters, many of whom participate in multiple border crossings, work to define themselves within a hostile environment. In nearly every essay, the female characters struggle against multiple yokes of oppression, giving voice to what it means to be black, female, poor, old, and alone. The subjects’ migrations and journeys are analyzed as attempts to heal the “displacement,” both physical and psychological, that results from dislocation and relocation from the homeland, imagined variously as Africa. This volume reveals that black women across the globe share a common ground fraught with struggles, but the narratives bear out that these women are not easily divided and that they stand upon each other’s shoulders dispensing healing balms. Black women’s history and herstory commingle; the trauma that ensued when Africans were loaded onto ships in chains continues to haunt black women, and men, too, wherever they find themselves in this present moment of the Diaspora.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: On Their Way to Becoming Whole
  2. Elizabeth Brown-Guillory
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Conflicting Identities in the Women of Ama Ata Aidoo's Drama and Fiction
  2. Violet Harrington Bryan
  3. pp. 15-31
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  1. 2. Coming to Voice: Navigating the Interstices in Plays by Winsome Pinnock
  2. DeLinda Marzette
  3. pp. 32-51
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  1. 3. Migration, Transformation, and Identity Formation in Buchi Emecheta's In the Ditch and Kehinde
  2. Romanus Muoneke
  3. pp. 52-75
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  1. 4. Gloria Naylor's North/South Dichotomy and the Reversal of the Middle Passage: Juxtaposed Migrations within Mama Day
  2. Kathryn M. Paterson
  3. pp. 76-95
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  1. 5. Reconfiguring Self: A Matter of Place in Selected Novels by Paule Marshall
  2. Marie Foster Gnage
  3. pp. 96-116
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  1. 6. "What a History You Have": Ancestral Memory, Cultural History, Migration Patterns, and the Quest for Autonomy in the Fiction of Jamaica Kincaid
  2. Julia De Foor Jay
  3. pp. 117-138
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  1. 7. "Tee," "Cyn-Cyn," "Cynthia," "Dou-dou": Remembering and Forgetting the "True-True Name" in Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey
  2. Joyce Zonana
  3. pp. 139-154
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  1. 8. Place and Displacement in Djanet Sears's Harlem Duet and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God
  2. Elizabeth Brown-Guillory
  3. pp. 155-170
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  1. 9. Recovering the Past: Transatlantic Migration, Hybrid Identities, and Healing in Tess Onwueme's The Missing Face
  2. Juluette Bartlett-Pack
  3. pp. 171-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814291160
Related ISBN
9780814210383
MARC Record
OCLC
1230228814
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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