Ghosts of the African Diaspora

Re-Visioning History, Memory, and Identity

Joanne Chassot

Ghosts of the African Diaspora

Joanne Chassot

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

280 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781512601602 Published January 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512601589 Published January 2018
The first monograph to investigate the poetics and politics of haunting in African diaspora literature, Ghosts of the African Diaspora: Re-Visioning History, Memory, and Identity examines literary works by five contemporary writers—Fred D’Aguiar, Gloria Naylor, Paule Marshall, Michelle Cliff, and Toni Morrison. Joanne Chassot argues that reading these texts through the lens of the ghost does cultural, theoretical, and political work crucial to the writers’ engagement with issues of identity, memory, and history. Drawing on memory and trauma studies, postcolonial studies, and queer theory, this truly interdisciplinary volume makes an important contribution to the fast-growing field of spectrality studies.
Contents
Acknowledgments • Introduction: Tracing the Ghost • “Voyage through death / to life upon these shores”: Representing the Middle Passage • Dusky Sallys: Re-Visioning the Silences of History • “You best remember them!”: Repossessing the Spirit of Diaspora • “A ghost-life”: Queering the Limits of Identity • Afterword: Learning to Live with Ghosts • Notes • Works Cited • Credits • Index
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