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Between the Lines: Literary Transnationalism and African American Poetics

Monique-Adelle Callahan

Abstract

This book maintains that the poetic texts examined here constitute an active process of composing history; they are not simply historicized. They give name to the nation and compose of a historical narrative for its denizens. They are literary artifacts, bearing the vestiges of the past while provoking new interpretations. As visionaries and composers of New World history, Frances Harper, Cristina Ayala and Auta de Souza are a part of a larger process of conceptualizing freedom in the New World. Frances Harper’s trans-hemispheric poetic gestures delimit the scope of this project. By exemplifyi ... More

Keywords: transnationalism, trans-hemispheric, slavery, freedom, Auta de Souza, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Cristina Ayala, poetry, afrodescendente, African American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743063
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743063.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monique-Adelle Callahan, author
Harvard University