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Oshun S Daughters

Author: Vanessa K. Valdés
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438450435
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Examines the ways in which the inclusion of African diasporic religious practices serves as a transgressive tool in narrative discourses in the Americas. Oshun’s Daughters examines representations of African diasporic religions from novels and poems written by women in the United States, the Spanish Caribbean, and Brazil. In spite of differences in age, language, and nationality, these women writers all turn to variations of traditional Yoruba religion (Santería/Regla de Ocha and Candomblé) as a source of inspiration for creating portraits of womanhood. Within these religious systems, binaries that dominate European thought—man/woman, mind/body, light/dark, good/evil—do not function in the same way, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing or reconciling these radical differences. Involvement with these African diasporic religions thus provides alternative models of womanhood that differ substantially from those found in dominant Western patriarchal culture, namely, that of virgin, asexual wife/mother, and whore. Instead we find images of the sexual woman, who enjoys her body without any sense of shame; the mother, who nurtures her children without sacrificing herself; and the warrior woman, who actively resists demands that she conform to one-dimensional stereotypes of womanhood.

The Afro Latin Experience In Contemporary American Literature And Culture

Author: Jill Toliver Richardson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319319213
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This book examines contemporary [email protected] literature and its depiction of the multifaceted identity encompassing the separate identifications of Americans and the often-conflicting identities of blacks and [email protected] The [email protected] Experience in Contemporary American Literature and Culture highlights the writers’ aims to define [email protected] identity, to rewrite historical narratives so that they include the [email protected] experience and to depict the search for belonging. Their writing examines the [email protected] encounter with race within the US and exposes the trauma resulting from the historical violence of colonialism and slavery.

The Cambridge History Of Latina O American Literature

Author: John Morán González
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316872203
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The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature emphasizes the importance of understanding Latina/o literature not simply as a US ethnic phenomenon but more broadly as an important element of a trans-American literary imagination. Engaging with the dynamics of migration, linguistic and cultural translation, and the uneven distribution of resources across the Americas that characterize Latina/o literature, the essays in this History provide a critical overview of key texts, authors, themes, and contexts as discussed by leading scholars in the field. This book demonstrates the relevance of Latina/o literature for a world defined by the migration of people, commodities, and cultural expressions.

Diasporic Blackness

Author: Vanessa K. Valdés
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438465157
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Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad. A Black Puerto Rican–born scholar, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874–1938) was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educated men and women, as well as a prominent Freemason, a writer, and an institution-builder. While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. In the aftermath of the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898, he would go on to cofound the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and assembling books, prints, pamphlets, articles, and other ephemera produced by Black men and women from across the Americas and Europe. His curated library collection at the New York Public Library emphasized the presence of African peoples and their descendants throughout the Americas and would serve as an indispensable resource for the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. By offering a sustained look at the life of one of the most important figures of early twentieth-century New York City, this first book-length examination of Schomburg’s life suggests new ways of understanding the intersections of both Blackness and latinidad.

Nach Der Welle

Author: Sonali Deraniyagala
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104030626
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*** »Ein ganz erstaunliches, wunderschönes Buch.« Joan Didion *** »Ich schrie nicht, heulte nicht auf. Ich fiel nicht in Ohnmacht. Abwarten, dachte ich mir. Ich warte ab, bis sie sie alle gefunden haben, und dann bringe ich mich um.« Sri Lanka, 26. Dezember 2004. Sonali Deraniyagala verbringt die Weihnachtsferien mit ihrer Familie in einem wunderschönen Hotel direkt an der Küste, als die Welle kommt. Sonali selbst überlebt knapp, aber sie verliert ihre gesamte Familie, ihren Mann, die beiden kleinen Söhne und ihre Eltern. »Ein unglaublich starkes und zutiefst bewegendes Buch, wie ich schon lange keines mehr gelesen habe. ... Sonali Deraniyagala beschreibt eine Katastrophe und ihre Auswirkungen, die keiner von uns miterleben musste. Und gleichzeitig erweckt sie in ihrem atemberaubenden Erfahrungsbericht alle diejenigen wieder zum Leben, die sie verloren hat, so dass auch wir sie niemals vergessen werden.« Michael Ondaatje