Spectres from the Past: Slavery and the Politics of History in West African and African-American Literature (Paperback)

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Spectres from the Past: Slavery and the Politics of History in West African and African-American Literature (Paperback)

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Spectres from the Past: The History of Slavery in West African and African-American Narratives examines the merit of the claim that West African writers, in comparison to African-Americans authors, deliberately expunge the history of slavery from literary narratives. The book explores slavery in contemporary West African and African-American literature by looking at the politics of history and memory. It interrogates notions of History and memory by considering the possibility that shared traumas, such as West African and African-American experiences of slavery, can be remembered and historicised differently, according to critical factors such as socio-economic realities, cultural beliefs and familial traditions.

At the heart of the book are compelling and new readings of slavery in six literary narratives that draws on cultural philosophies, musicology and linguistics to demonstrate diverse and unusual ways that Black writers in West Africa and North America write about slavery in literature.

Portia Owusu is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include history and memory, cultural philosophy and literature and West African and African-American contemporary narratives. She received her PhD in 2017 in Africana Literature at the SOAS, University of London.

Product Details ISBN: 9781032239637
ISBN-10: 1032239638
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 13th, 2021
Pages: 148
Language: English