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African Diaspora African Origins and New World Identities

ISBN-10: 0253214947
ISBN-13: 9780253214942
Edition: 2002
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Description: The essays in this text contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and outlook and those who deny that proposition.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

The essays in this text contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and outlook and those who deny that proposition.

A novelist, poet, and oral literary scholar, Isidore Okpewho is currently a professor of African-American Studies and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Born at Asaba in the Delta State of Nigeria, he was educated at St. Patrick's College, Asaba, and later at the University of Ibadan, where he earned a first class Honors B.A. degree. For six years after his graduation, he worked as an editor for Longman publishers, but he then opted for an academic career. After obtaining his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Colorado in 1974, he joined the University of Ibadan, where he rose to the rank of full professor. As a scholar, Okpewho is well known for challenging and demolishing, through forceful arguments backed by textual and contextual evidence, several Eurocentric preconceptions about oral literature in Africa. His first book, Epic in Africa (1979), effectively ended the Eurocentric view that the epic does not exist in Africa. In his second book, Myth in Africa (1982), he offers incisive, aesthetically grounded, redefinitions of "myth" against the prevailing ritual-based definitions of the old European schools of anthropological inquiry. His radical redirections of perspective have culminated in his most recent book, African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character and Continuity (1992). Okpewho has also published a collection of poetry, Heritage of African Poetry, and a collection of essays, Oral Performance in Africa (1990). His creative output includes several poems published in Okike and other literary journals and three novels. His first novel, The Victims (1970), is a tragedy of domestic conflicts. His Second, The Last Duty (1976), set in the Nigerian civil war, won the African Arts Prize for Literature. His third novel, Tides, is his most recent publication.

Carole Boyce Davis is an active scholar in African diaspora and related studies. She has published several books, including Migrations of the Subject: Black Women, Writing Identity, Ngamibika: Studies of Women in African Literature, The African Diaspora, African Origins, and New World Identities. She is currently the director of African-New World studies and a professor of English at Florida International University.

Isidore Okpewho was Chair of Afro-American and African Studies at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and convener of the conference (in 1996) that gave rise to this book.Carole Boyce Davies is Director of African-New World Studies and Professor of English at Florida International University.Ali A. Mazrui is Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and author of more than twenty books.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Diaspora: Orientations and Determinations
An African Diaspora: The Ontological Project
Cultural Reconfigurations in the African Caribbean
The Restoration of African Identity for a New Millennium
Addressing the Constraints
Slaves or Serfs? A Comparative Study of Slavery and Serfdom in Europe and Africa
Modernity, Memory, Martinique
Kinship and State in African and African American Histories
Wages of Migration: Jobs and Homeownership among Black and White Workers in Muncie, Indiana, 1920
The Significance of Cognitive-Linguistic Orientation for Academic Well-Being in African American Children
The Relationship between Place of Birth and Health Status
Race, Gender, And Image
Images of Africa and the Haiti Revolution in American and Brazilian Abolitionism
Our Hunger Is Our Song: The Politics of Race in Cuba, 1900-1920
The Role of Music in the Emergence of Afro-Cuban Culture
The Centrality of Margins: Art, Gender, and African American Creativity
Gabriela Cravo e Canela: Jorge Amado and the Myth of the Sexual Mulata in Brazilian Culture
Gender and the New African Diaspora: African Immigrant Women in the Canadian Labor Force
Horned Ancestral Masks, Shakespearean Actor Boys, and Scotch-Inspired Set Girls: Social Relations in Nineteenth-Century Jamaican Jonkonnu
Creativity, Spirituality, And Identity
From Folklore to Literature: The Route from Roots in the African World
Blackness as a Process of Creolization: The Afro-Esmeraldian Decimas (Ecuador)
The (T)error of Invisibility: Ellison and Cruz e Souza
Recover, Not Discover: African in Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain and Philip's Looking for Livingstone
Islam and the Black Diaspora: The Impact of Islamigration
From Legba to Papa Labas: New World Metaphysical Self/Re-fashioning in Ishamel Reed's Mumbo Jumbo
Diasporacentricism and Black Aural Texts
The Reinterpretation of African Musical Instruments in the United States
The Concept of Modernity in Contemporary African Art
Habits of Attention: Persistence of Lan Ginee in Haiti
Representing Jean-Michel Basquiat
Optic Black: Implied Texts and the Colors of Photography
Caribbean Cinema, or Cinema in the Caribbean?
Reconnecting With Africa
The Emergence of Bilateral Diaspora Ethnicity among Cape Verdean-Americans
Black Americans and the Creation of America's Africa Policies: The De-Racialization of Pan-African Politics
Alice Walker and the Legacy of African American Discourse on Africa
African-Centered Womanism: Connecting Africa to the Diaspora
Contributors
Index

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