Pan–African American Literature: Signifyin(g) Immigrants in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)

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The twenty-first century is witnessing a dynamic broadening of how blackness signifies both in the U.S. and abroad. Literary writers of the new African diaspora are at the forefront of exploring these exciting approaches to what black subjectivity means. Pan-African American Literature is dedicated to charting the contours of literature by African born or identified authors centered around life in the United States. The texts examined here deliberately signify on the African American literary canon to encompass new experiences of immigration, assimilation and identification that challenge how blackness has been previously conceived. Though race often alienates and frustrates immigrants who are accustomed to living in all-black environments, Stephanie Li holds that it can also be a powerful form of community and political mobilization. 

About the Author

STEPHANIE LI is the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of four books, including Signifying without Specifying: Racial Discourse in the Age of Obama (Rutgers University Press).

Praise For…

"Timely and promising, Pan-African American Literature will make a major and distinctive contribution to African American studies, cultural studies, and American literary studies."

— Michele Elam

— Journal of Blacks in Higher Education


— Choice

"[An] important book."

— American Studies in Scandinavia

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813592770
ISBN-10: 0813592771
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2018
Pages: 190
Language: English
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