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Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities written by Richard L. Jackson

 

Black Writers and Latin America: Cross-Cultural Affinities written by Richard L. Jackson

Overview:

The interplay of influences among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveals the international dimension of their literatures. Affinities among these writers have their source in Africa and the common new world experiences of slavery, racism, and colonialism.

In this study, the author begins by examining the influence of Africa and Spain upon the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans. He explores the reciprocal exchange of influences among artists of African descent in the United States and in Latin America—from established writers to a new generation of writers, including women. Among those writers are Richard Wright, Paule Marshall, Henry Dumas, Nicolas Guillen, Nelson Estupinan Bass, and Nancy Morjon. Notable are the literary influences and wide travels of Langston Hughes in the 1920s.

The breadth of the cross-cultural comparisons provided in this volume makes it the most comprehensive source available on African-ancestored literature in the Americas. This is excellent reading for those interested in diaspora studies.

About the Author:
Richard Jackson is professor, Department of Spanish, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Jackson received a Research Achievement Award from Carleton that allowed him to complete the work on this volume. He is a founder of the Afro-Hispanic Review.

Synopsis:

The interplay of influences among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveals the international dimension of their literatures. Affinities among these writers have their source in Africa and the common new world experiences of slavery, racism, and colonialism.

In this study, the author begins by examining the influence of Africa and Spain upon the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans. He explores the reciprocal exchange of influences among artists of African descent in the United States and in Latin America—from established writers to a new generation of writers, including women. Among those writers are Richard Wright, Paule Marshall, Henry Dumas, Nicolas Guillen, Nelson Estupinan Bass, and Nancy Morjon. Notable are the literary influences and wide travels of Langston Hughes in the 1920s.

The breadth of the cross-cultural comparisons provided in this volume makes it the most comprehensive source available on African-ancestored literature in the Americas. This is excellent reading for those interested in diaspora studies.

About the Author:
Richard Jackson is professor, Department of Spanish, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Jackson received a Research Achievement Award from Carleton that allowed him to complete the work on this volume. He is a founder of the Afro-Hispanic Review.

Booknews

Influences and affinities among African-American men and women of letters and people of the Afro-Hispanic world reveal the international dimension of their literatures. This study examines the influence of Africa and Spain on the literatures of African Americans and Latin Americans, exploring the reciprocal exchange of influences among artists of African descent in the US and in Latin American. Writers discussed range from established writers to a new generation, including Richard Wright, Gayle Jones, and Nancy Mor<'e>jon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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