“This state-of-the-art textual content not just raises our figuring out of African American literature and picture; it additionally enlarges the accessibility and the probabilities of the sector of ecocriticism.”—Yvonne Atkinson, Mt. San Jacinto collage and president of the Toni Morrison Society

While there isn't any loss of scholarship at the trans-Atlantic voyage and the center Passage as tropes in African diasporic writing, so far there has no longer been a complete research of our bodies of water in African American literature and culture.
In Water and African American Memory, Anissa Wardi deals the 1st sustained treatise on watercourses within the African American expressive culture. Her holistic strategy specially highlights the ways in which water acts not just as a metaphorical web site of trauma, reminiscence, and therapeutic but additionally as a cloth site.
utilizing the trans-Atlantic voyage as a kick off point and finishing with a dialogue of storm Katrina, this pioneering ecocritical research delves deeply into the environmental size of African American writing. past featuring a brand new theoretical map for conceptualizing the African Diaspora, Wardi deals a chain of enticing and unique shut readings of significant literary, filmic, and blues texts, together with the works of Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Julie sprint, Henry Dumas, and Kasi Lemmon.

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