Publisher description for Black imagination and the Middle Passage / edited by Maria Diedrich, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Carl Pedersen.


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This volume of essays examines the forced dispossession caused by the Middle Passage. The book analyzes the texts, religious rites, economic exchanges, dance, and music it elicited, both on the transatlantic journey and on the American continent. The totality of this collection establishes a broad topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends from the interior of Africa across the Atlantic and to the interior of the Americas, and from the beginning of the Passage to the present day. A collective narrative of itinerant cultural consciousness as represented in histories, myths, and arts, these contributions conceptualize the meaning of the Middle Passage for African American and American history, literature, and life.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Slave trade in literature.
Caribbean literature (English) -- Black authors -- History and criticism.
West Indian literature (English) -- History and criticism.
English-speaking countries -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans in literature.
Slavery in literature.
Blacks in literature.
Slave trade -- History.