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Title:Writing slavery in(to) the African diaspora
Editors:Adéčkó, AdélékčISNI
Zeleza, Paul TiyambeISNI
Barnes, NatashaISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Geographic term:Africa
About persons:Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013)ISNI
Helen Oyeyemi (1984-)ISNI
Christina Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-)ISNI
Samuel Ajayi Crowther (ca 1806-1891)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/toc/ral.40.4.html
Abstract:The bicentennial of the British abolition of slave trade was the occasion to devote this issue of Research in African Literatures to 'writing slavery'. The articles examine both the literary and cultural flowstreams that slavery blocked and the newer channels it opened up. Adélékč Adéčkó analyses the impact of the determining circumstances of slavery and conversion to Christianity on how Philip Quaque, Phillis Wheatley, and Samuel Ajayi Crowther - missionaries and emancipated slaves from West Africa - conceived of Africa and Africans. Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi examines the representation of slavery in the fiction of Chinua Achebe. Laura Murphy explores the travails of intimacy in Ama Ata Aidoo's 'Anowa' and Samuel Ajayi Crowther's captivity narrative. The complexities of slavery-induced cultural dissolution and incorporation in the Caribbean drive H. Adlai Murdoch's analysis of Michelle Cliff's 'Abeng'. The next three articles focus on the trace forms in which memories of slavery survive in contemporary African cultures, including those of the new diasporas. Gabeba Baderoon discusses the methods by which South African expressive cultures depict colonial achievements and conceal the role of slavery. Brenda Cooper's reading of transatlantic movements of the gods in Helen Oyeyemi's 'The opposite house' shows that the new diaspora of immigrants of African descent in London is not free of the problems of identity formation and self-recognition that bedevilled the lives of slave descendants in the old diaspora. Salamishah Tillet contends that touristic commemorations of diaspora in Senegal and Ghana are incorporating a convention of framing the legacy of slavery that includes only Americans. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza analyses Africa's engagements with the diaspora in South America. [ASC Leiden abstract]