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Title:Afro-European literature(s): a new discursive category?
Author:Brancato, SabrinaISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:39
Issue:3
Pages:1-13
Language:English
Geographic term:Europe
Subjects:Africans
diasporas
literature
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v039/39.3.brancato.pdf
Abstract:The corpus of texts produced by Afrosporic authors in Europe is characterized in the first place by plurality: plurality of the languages used, of the authors' African heritages, and of their European locations, all this adding to the specificities of individual experience. Moreover, Afrosporic literatures develop in different European countries at different times and follow very different patterns. Does it make sense then, at a time when even the notion of Europe itself is called into question, to talk about an Afro-European literature? This essay seeks to trace commonalities and differences of Afrosporic literary production in different European contexts, notably France, Great Britain and Italy, and argues that a comparative perspective at both a diachronic and synchronic level is paramount to the understanding of new literary configurations across linguistic and national boundaries. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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