Between the Lines: Literary Transnationalism and African by Monique-Adelle Callahan

By Monique-Adelle Callahan

Between the Lines examines the position of 3 ladies poets of African descent--Frances Harper, Cristina Ayala, and Auta de Souza--in shaping the literary background of the Americas. regardless of their varied geographic destinations, each one shared universal issues and wrestled of their works with the sociopolitical predicaments of the past due 19th century. Their verse vigorously tested slavery and faced the existential fight opposed to obstacles imposed by way of race, country, and gender.

The writers every one conceived of the poem as a dynamic discussion board the place new thoughts of person and collective freedoms should be imagined. of their paintings readers stumble upon the poem as a website of cross-cultural alternate, a literary area within which the limits of kingdom could be redefined. Between the Lines areas nationwide poetics in an international economic climate of identities, histories and languages. It appears to poetry to illustrate how humans translate from one cultural or linguistic enviornment to a different, how literary expression writes identities, and the way language is used to conceptualize history.

The publication is the 1st to juxtapose Cuba, Brazil and the USA in a examine of nineteenth-century women's poetry, and the 1st to incorporate the Lusophone literary culture in a comparative examine of African descendants in Latin the United States, the united states, and the Caribbean. With shut readings and expertly rendered translations, Monique-Adelle Callahan situates the paintings of those 3 poets in a hemispheric context that opens up their writing to new interpretations and expands the definition of "African American" literature.

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