Sorcery in the Black Atlantic


Author: Luis Nicolau Parés,Roger Sansi
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226645789
Category: History
Page: 300
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Roger Sansi is lecturer in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. --Book Jacket.

Race and the Foundations of Knowledge

Cultural Amnesia in the Academy
Author: Joseph A. Young,Jana Evans Braziel
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252072561
Category: Education
Page: 266
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How are literary genres racialized? How are definitions of history and historicity predicated on notions of racial difference? How have the arts been constructed on racialized aesthetic foundations, and how have they benefited from institutions of slavery and colonialism? This anthology demonstrates the longstanding, multifarious, and major role that race has played in the formation of knowledge. The authors demonstrate how race theory intersects with other bodies of knowledge by examining discursive records such as travelogues, literature, and historiography; theoretical structures such as common sense, pseudoscientific racism, and Eurocentrism; social structures of class, advancement, and identity; and politico-economic structures of capitalism, colonialism, and law. Editors Joseph Young and Jana Evans Braziel aim to demonstrate the richness that emerges when race is taken into consideration and the misrepresentation of thought that results when it is not.

Fetishes and Monuments

Afro-Brazilian Art and Culture in the 20th Century
Author: Roger Sansi
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1845457110
Category: Art
Page: 224
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One hundred years ago in Brazil the rituals of Candomblé were feared as sorcery and persecuted as crime. Its cult objects were fearsome fetishes. Nowadays, they are Afro-Brazilian cultural works of art, objects of museum display and public monuments. Focusing on the particular histories of objects, images, spaces and persons who embodied it, this book portrays the historical journey from weapons of sorcery looted by the police, to hidden living stones, to public works of art attacked by religious fanatics that see them as images of the Devil, former sorcerers who have become artists, writers, and philosophers. Addressing this history as a journey of objectification and appropriation, the author offers a fresh, unconventional, and illuminating look at questions of syncretism, hybridity and cultural resistance in Brazil and in the Black Atlantic in general.

Origins of the Black Atlantic


Author: Laurent Dubois,Julius S. Scott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136096345
Category: History
Page: 424
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Between 1492 and 1820, about two-thirds of the people who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas were Africans. With the exception of the Spanish, all the European empires settled more Africans in the New World than they did Europeans. The vast majority of these enslaved men and women worked on plantations, and their labor was the foundation for the expansion of the Atlantic economy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Until relatively recently, comparatively little attention was paid to the perspectives, daily experiences, hopes, and especially the political ideas of the enslaved who played such a central role in the making of the Atlantic world. Over the past decades, however, huge strides have been made in the study of the history of slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic world. This collection brings together some of the key contributions to this growing body of scholarship, showing a range of methodological approaches, that can be used to understand and reconstruct the lives of these enslaved people.

The human tradition in the black Atlantic, 1500-2000


Author: Beatriz Gallotti Mamigonian,Karen Racine
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 229
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Like snapshots of everyday life in the past, the compelling biographies in this book document the making of the Black Atlantic world since the sixteenth century from the point of view of those who were part of it. Centering on the diaspora caused by the forced migration of Africans to Europe and across the Atlantic to the Americas, the chapters explore the slave trade, enslavement, resistance, adaptation, cultural transformations, and the quest for citizenship rights. Drawing on a rich array of little-known documents, the contributors reconstruct the lives and times of some well-known characters along with ordinary people who rarely left written records and would otherwise have remained anonymous and unknown.

Annual Report


Author: University of London. Institute for the Study of the Americas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: America
Page: N.A
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The Delectable Negro

Human Consumption and Homoeroticism within US Slave Culture
Author: Vincent Woodard,Dwight McBride
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 147984926X
Category: History
Page: 320
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Winner of the 2015 LGBT Studies award presented by the Lambda Literary Foundation Scholars of US and transatlantic slavery have largely ignored or dismissed accusations that Black Americans were cannibalized. Vincent Woodard takes the enslaved person’s claims of human consumption seriously, focusing on both the literal starvation of the slave and the tropes of cannibalism on the part of the slaveholder, and further draws attention to the ways in which Blacks experienced their consumption as a fundamentally homoerotic occurrence. The Delectable Negro explores these connections between homoeroticism, cannibalism, and cultures of consumption in the context of American literature and US slave culture. Utilizing many staples of African American literature and culture, such as the slave narratives of OlaudahEquiano, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass, as well as other less circulated materials like James L. Smith’s slave narrative, runaway slave advertisements, and numerous articles from Black newspapers published in the nineteenth century, Woodard traces the racial assumptions, political aspirations, gender codes, and philosophical frameworks that dictated both European and white American arousal towards Black males and hunger for Black male flesh. Woodard uses these texts to unpack how slaves struggled not only against social consumption, but also against endemic mechanisms of starvation and hunger designed to break them. He concludes with an examination of the controversial chain gang oral sex scene in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, suggesting that even at the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century, we are still at a loss for language with which to describe Black male hunger within a plantation culture of consumption.

Narrative in the Professional Age

Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and George Eliot
Author: Jennifer Cognard-Black
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135879435
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 216
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Challenging previous studies that claim anxiety and antagonism between transatlantic Victorian authors, Jennifer Cognard-Black uncovers a model of reciprocal influence among three of the most popular women writers of the era. Combining analyses of personal correspondence and print culture with close readings of key narratives, this study presents an original history of transatlantic authorship that examines how these writers invented a collaborative aesthetics both within and against the dominant discourse of professionalism.

The witches Salem, 1692


Author: Stacy Schiff
Publisher: Witch Hunter
ISBN: N.A
Category: HISTORY
Page: N.A
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Analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible.

Black Mecca

The African Muslims of Harlem
Author: Zain Abdullah
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199718210
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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The changes to U.S. immigration law that were instituted in 1965 have led to an influx of West African immigrants to New York, creating an enclave Harlem residents now call ''Little Africa.'' These immigrants are immediately recognizable as African in their wide-sleeved robes and tasseled hats, but most native-born members of the community are unaware of the crucial role Islam plays in immigrants' lives. Zain Abdullah takes us inside the lives of these new immigrants and shows how they deal with being a double minority in a country where both blacks and Muslims are stigmatized. Dealing with this dual identity, Abdullah discovers, is extraordinarily complex. Some longtime residents embrace these immigrants and see their arrival as an opportunity to reclaim their African heritage, while others see the immigrants as scornful invaders. In turn, African immigrants often take a particularly harsh view of their new neighbors, buying into the worst stereotypes about American-born blacks being lazy and incorrigible. And while there has long been a large Muslim presence in Harlem, and residents often see Islam as a force for social good, African-born Muslims see their Islamic identity disregarded by most of their neighbors. Abdullah weaves together the stories of these African Muslims to paint a fascinating portrait of a community's efforts to carve out space for itself in a new country.

Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World

Rituals and Remembrances
Author: Mamadou Diouf
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472070967
Category: History
Page: 292
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Collected essays exploring the origins and evolution of music and dance in Afro-Atlantic culture

The Cyclopædia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature


Author: Abraham Rees
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Page: N.A
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Society of the Dead

Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba
Author: Todd Ramón Ochoa
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520256832
Category: Social Science
Page: 313
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Summary: In this first-person account, Todd Ramón Ochoa explores Palo, a poorly-understood Kongo-inspired 'society of afflication' at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with two teachers of Palo, the book unfolds on the outskirts of Havana.

Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World


Author: James H. Sweet
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807878049
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Between 1730 and 1750, powerful healer and vodun priest Domingos Alvares traversed the colonial Atlantic world like few Africans of his time--from Africa to South America to Europe--addressing the profound alienation of warfare, capitalism, and the African slave trade through the language of health and healing. In Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World, James H. Sweet finds dramatic means for unfolding a history of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world in which healing, religion, kinship, and political subversion were intimately connected.

A History of the African American People

The History, Traditions & Culture of African Americans
Author: James Oliver Horton,Lois E. Horton
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814326978
Category: History
Page: 208
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Examines the social and communal history of African Americans from 1650 through 1995

Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust

Africa in Comparison
Author: Peter Geschiere
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226047614
Category: Social Science
Page: 321
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In Dante’s Inferno, the lowest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors, those who betrayed their closest companions. In a wide range of literatures and mythologies such intimate aggression is a source of ultimate terror, and in Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust, Peter Geschiere masterfully sketches it as a central ember at the core of human relationships, one brutally revealed in the practice of witchcraft. Examining witchcraft in its variety of forms throughout the globe, he shows how this often misunderstood practice is deeply structured by intimacy and the powers it affords. In doing so, he offers not only a comprehensive look at contemporary witchcraft but also a fresh—if troubling—new way to think about intimacy itself. Geschiere begins in the forests of southeast Cameroon with the Maka, who fear “witchcraft of the house” above all else. Drawing a variety of local conceptions of intimacy into a global arc, he tracks notions of the home and family—and witchcraft’s transgression of them—throughout Africa, Europe, Brazil, and Oceania, showing that witchcraft provides powerful ways of addressing issues that are crucial to social relationships. Indeed, by uncovering the link between intimacy and witchcraft in so many parts of the world, he paints a provocative picture of human sociality that scrutinizes some of the most prevalent views held by contemporary social science. One of the few books to situate witchcraft in a global context, Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust is at once a theoretical tour de force and an empirically rich and lucid take on a difficult-to-understand spiritual practice and the private spaces throughout the world it so greatly affects.

The Atlantic


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Current events
Page: N.A
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The Western Journal of Black Studies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: African Americans
Page: N.A
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The Spirits and the Law

Vodou and Power in Haiti
Author: Kate Ramsey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226703800
Category: History
Page: 425
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Vodou has often served as a scapegoat for Haiti’s problems, from political upheavals to natural disasters. This tradition of scapegoating stretches back to the nation’s founding and forms part of a contest over the legitimacy of the religion, both beyond and within Haiti’s borders. The Spirits and the Law examines that vexed history, asking why, from 1835 to 1987, Haiti banned many popular ritual practices. To find out, Kate Ramsey begins with the Haitian Revolution and its aftermath. Fearful of an independent black nation inspiring similar revolts, the United States, France, and the rest of Europe ostracized Haiti. Successive Haitian governments, seeking to counter the image of Haiti as primitive as well as contain popular organization and leadership, outlawed “spells” and, later, “superstitious practices.” While not often strictly enforced, these laws were at times the basis for attacks on Vodou by the Haitian state, the Catholic Church, and occupying U.S. forces. Beyond such offensives, Ramsey argues that in prohibiting practices considered essential for maintaining relations with the spirits, anti-Vodou laws reinforced the political marginalization, social stigmatization, and economic exploitation of the Haitian majority. At the same time, she examines the ways communities across Haiti evaded, subverted, redirected, and shaped enforcement of the laws. Analyzing the long genealogy of anti-Vodou rhetoric, Ramsey thoroughly dissects claims that the religion has impeded Haiti’s development.

The Atlantic Monthly


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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