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Passages to (Be) Longing: Contemporary Black Novels of Diaspora and Dislocation

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Valkeakari,Tuire Maritta (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2012
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1038184332/fulltextPDF/AF45F53CB3EC4EC0PQ/2?accountid=14553
Published:
Connecticut: Yale University
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Literature, Fiction, Canada, Africa, African diaspora, Transnationalism, Migration, Middle Passage
Notes:
369 p., Looks at contemporary novels of the anglophone African diaspora through the lens of movement, migration, and dislocation, with particular attention to how the selected authors depict black diasporic identity formation, and how they contribute to it through their writings. Thematically, this dissertation examines literary representations of the social, cultural, and psychological consequences that involuntary and voluntary migrations have had for black communities and individuals in North America, the Caribbean, and Britain. It explores the juncture of history, memory, geography, and diasporic identity, as represented by eight contemporary novelists of African and African-Caribbean descent: Charles Johnson ( Middle Passage ), Lawrence Hill ( The Book of Negroes ), Toni Morrison (Sula and Tar Baby ), George Lamming (The Emigrants ), Caryl Phillips (The Final Passage, A State of Independence, and Crossing the River ), Andrea Levy (Small Island ), Cecil Foster (Sleep on, Beloved ), and Edwidge Danticat ( Breath, Eyes, Memory ).