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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Africa and trans-Atlantic memories: literary and aesthetic manifestations of diaspora and history
Editors:Opoku-Agyemang, NaanaISNI
Lovejoy, Paul E.ISNI
Trotman, David V.ISNI
City of publisher:Trenton, NJ
Publisher:Africa World Press
ISBN:1592216323; 9781592216321; 1592216331; 9781592216338
Geographic term:Africa
slave trade
conference papers (form)
Abstract:The trans-Atlantic slave trade and the concomitant enslavement of Africans have profoundly influenced the literary imagination, whether in Africa, Europe or the Americas. The papers in this collection, which were earlier presented at a conference held at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2003, explore the ways in which trans-Atlantic constructions of this historical experience find expression in the literary mode. The essays examine the ways that writers and performers have used a variety of literary traditions, including narrative , poetry, myth, legend, autobiography and drama, as well as song and the cinema, to engage in the construction of imagined yet realistic perceptions of Africa.The papers are grouped into four sections: 1. The African voice in diaspora (Paul E. Lovejoy, Walter Rucker, Manuel Barcia, David Wheat); 2. Aesthetics and the performing arts of diaspora (Ikem Stanley Okoye, Tunde M. Akinwumi, Karen Sotiropoulos, Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah, Samuel Ayedime Kafewo, Foluke Ogunleye, Mathias Röhrig Assunção, David V. Trotman); 3. Pedagogy of homecoming (Ella Keren, Robin Law, Andrea Davis, Sandra L. Richards, Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Mark V. Campbell, Chima I. Anyadike, Jahlani Bongo-Niaah); 4. Identity and memory confronted (Mawuli Adjei, Muyiwa Falaiye, Benaouda Lebdai, Lorrie N. Smith). [ASC Leiden abstract]