Dialogues Across Diasporas

Dialogues Across Diasporas : Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation

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Dialogues across Diasporas makes an important contribution to the growing body of interdisciplinary scholarship on the intimate historical, political, and literary connections between two of the largest diasporic groups in the Americas and beyond - members of the African/a and Latina/o diasporas. This collection not only serves as a useful required text for Diaspora Studies courses, it offers a model for taking discussions of diasporic identities, community politics, and cultural memory beyond the classroom and into the community.show more

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  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739178040
  • 9780739178041

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A stunning and unique contribution in the field of Africana Studies. Includes eloquent and highly readable work by female creative writers, community activists, and scholars of the African diaspora from Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean region, and the United States. Notably, this collection not only emerged from a two-day symposium in El Paso del Norte in 2010, but from where a majority of the nineteen contributors presently live and work, or have had past experiential contact with the U.S. Mexico borderlands. This book expands the horizons of interdisciplinary and intersectional scholarship in the already established areas of American-, Woman-, and Cultural Studies. -- Marta E. Sanchez, Arizona State University This edited collection of must-read writings proposes a new, holistic, and persuasive manner of framing diasporas. Dialogues across Diasporas creates the necessary intellectual space for examining issues that speak to the core of our own identities, in different geographic locations and across the disciplines. It provides the missing discursive parameters that will guide discussions in decades to come. -- William Luis, Vanderbilt Universityshow more

About Marion Rohrleitner

Marion Rohrleitner is an assistant professor of English and affiliate faculty in the Women's Studies and African American Studies Programs at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches 20th and 21st century American, Chicana/o and Latina/o, Caribbean, and African diasporic literatures. Her articles, book chapters, and book reviews have appeared in American Quarterly, Antipodas: A Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, Callaloo, El Mundo Zurdo, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Latino Studies. Her first book, Diasporic Bodies: Contemporary Historical Fictions and the Intimate Public Sphere, is a finalist for the ICI manuscript competition at Vanderbilt University. Sarah E. Ryan is an empirical research librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University. She is an M.L.S. candidate at Texas Woman's University, and holds an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, and Ph.D. in Rhetorical Criticism from Ohio University. Sarah has published extensively on the topics of good governance and community rebuilding in Rwanda, including a 2012 article in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal entitled "Fulfilling the U.S. obligation to prevent exterminationism: A comprehensive approach to regulating hate speech and dismantling systems of genocide." She has also published in: Contemporary Argumentation & Debate, Journal of Development Communication, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Peace Review, Review of Communication, Women & Language, and in a variety of edited collections and working papers series.show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction Part 1: Diasporic Debates: Exploring the Dynamics of Gender, Race, and Migration Chapter 1: 'Harvesting' Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Zora Neale Hurston's Literary (Dis)Articulation of Being, Myriam J.A. Chancy Chapter 2: Not in Our Mother's Image: Ekphrasis and Challenges to Recovering Afro-Mestizaje in Contemporary Latina/Chicana Historical Fiction, Marion Rohrleitner Chapter 3: Male Wives, Female Husbands: Immigration, Gender and Home in Calixthe Beyala's "Le Petit Prince de Belleville and Maman a un Amant", Ayo Abietou Coly Chapter 4: Embodied Translation: Dominant Discourse and Communication with Migrant Bodies-as-Text, Karma R. Chavez Part 2: Diasporic Dances: Performing Language, History, and Community Chapter 5: in tongues-the trouble inside language. Imag[e]ining presence, Olumide Popoola Chapter 6: A Freedom Stolen, Yvette Christianse Chapter 7: Reading Yvette Christianse: Reflections from a Border Scholar Activist, Kathleen Staudt Chapter 8: Pin-Stripe Alley, Nelly Rosario Chapter 9: A Box of Chocolates, Angie Cruz Chapter 10: The Sun Once Again Sings to the People, Ana-Maurine Lara Chapter 11: "Talking Tagalog" and "The Eyes Open to a Cry", Sasha Pimentel Chacon Chapter 12: An Afro-Mestizo Tamal: Remembering a Sensory and Sacred Encounter, Meredith E. Abarca Chapter 13: Recovering Afro-Mestiza Identities: A Borderlands Classroom, Selfa Chew Chapter 14: Discourses of Deference: Women and Submission in the Nigerian Diaspora, Veronica Savory McComb Chapter 15: Catherine Mary Ajizinga Chipembere of Malawi: Living an Extraordinary Life, Natasha Gordon-Chipembere Chapter 16: luchando, rimando, sacando, pintando: Young Female Artist Collectives in Ciudad Juarez, Kerry Doyle and Gabriela Duran Barraza Chapter 17: Constrained Activism: National Agendas versus Local Activities in Nongovernmental Organizations Serving Diasporic Women, Sarah E. Ryan and Milena Simoes Murtashow more