Scholars of the African Americas are sometimes segregated from one another by region or period, by language, or by discipline. Bringing together essays on fashion, the visual arts, film, literature, and history, this volume shows how our understanding of the African diaspora in the Americas can be enriched by crossing disciplinary boundaries to recontextualize images, words, and thoughts as part of a much greater whole. Diaspora describes dispersion, but also the seeding, sowing, or scattering of spores that take root and grow, maturing and adapting within new environments. The examples of diasporic cultural production explored in this volume reflect on loss and dispersal, but they also constitute expansive and dynamic intellectual and artistic production, neither wholly African nor wholly American (in the hemispheric sense), whose resonance deeply inflects all of the Americas. African Diaspora in the Cultures of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States represents a call for multidisciplinary, collaborative, and complex approaches to the subject of the African diaspora.
Persephone Braham is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Delaware.
Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction I. THE MIDDLE PASSAGE AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAS PROJECT Persephone Braham 1. Keith Morrison: Middle Passage Julie L. McGee II. SLAVERY, MIGRATION, AND RACIAL IDENTITY 2. The African Diaspora in the Americas: The Caribbean Dimension Franklin W. Knight 3. Afro-Antillean Presence in the Latin American Melting Pot Carla Guerron Montero 4. Puerto Ricans in the Harlem Riot of 1935 Lorrin Thomas 5. Rethinking "Racial Democracy": Perspectives from Black Thinkers in Twentieth-Century Brazil Paulina L. Alberto III. AFRICA IN THE ARTS: MIGRATION, IMPROVISATION, EXCHANGE 6. Pearl Fishing in the Caribbean: Early Images of Slavery and Forced Migration in the Americas Monica Dominguez-Torres 7. Improvisation in the Danzon and its Ties to Early New Orleans Jazz Robin Moore 8. Afrochic: Africa in the Modernist Imagination Camara Dia Holloway 9. True Blood: Colorblindness, Blanqueamiento, and Vampire Ethnicity in Castro's Cuba Phillip Penix-Tadsen 10. Introspection and Projection in Cuban Art Colette Gaiter 11. Hearing Reggaeton's African-American Address Wayne Marshall 12. Black-British and Other African Diaspora Artists Visualizing Slavery Eddie Chambers IV. BLACK AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE GLOBAL HUMANITIES 13. Race and Representation in the Digital Humanities: An Inter-American Case Study Ifeoma Nwankwo 14. Black American Studies at the University of Delaware: Education Across the Lines Carol Henderson Contributors