Download e-book for iPad: Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black by Michelle D. Commander

By Michelle D. Commander

In Afro-Atlantic Flight Michelle D. Commander lines how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and tourists envision literal and figurative flight again to Africa as a way in which to heal the dispossession brought on by the slave alternate. via ethnographic, old, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander exhibits the ways in which cultural manufacturers comparable to Octavia Butler, Thomas Allen Harris, and Saidiya Hartman have interaction with speculative thought of slavery, the religious realm, and Africa, thereby structuring the imaginary that propels destiny go back flights.  She is going directly to study Black americans’ cultural historical past tourism in and migration to Ghana; Bahia, Brazil; and quite a few websites of slavery within the US South to interrogate the ways in which a cadre of actors produces “Africa” and contests grasp narratives. Compellingly, those fabric flights don't continually fulfill Black americans’ individualistic wants for homecoming and liberation, prime Commander to target the progressive percentages inherent in psychic speculative returns and to argue for the improvement of a Pan-Africanist stance that works to extra successfully handle the modern resonances of slavery that exist around the Afro-Atlantic.

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