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Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic

Samantha Pinto


This book demonstrates the crucial role of aesthetics in defining the relationship between race, gender, and location. Thinking beyond national identity to include African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Black British literature, it brings together an innovative archive of twentieth-century texts marked by their break with conventional literary structures. These understudied resources mix genres, as in the memoir/ethnography/travel narrative Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston, and eschew linear narratives, as illustrated in the book-length, non-narrative poem by M. Nourbese Philip, She ... More

Keywords: national identity, Black women writers, African diaspora, race, gender, Black British literature, African literature, African American literature, Afro-Caribbean literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814759486
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814759486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samantha Pinto, author