Sounding the Break: African American and Caribbean Routes of World Literature - New World Studies (Paperback)Jason Frydman (author)
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In Sounding the Break, Jason Frydman attempts to redress this exclusion by drawing on historiography, ethnography, and archival sources to show how writers such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Alejo Carpentier, Derek Walcott, Maryse Conde, and Toni Morrison have complicated both Eurocentric and Afrocentric categories of literary and cultural production. Through their engagement with and revision of the European world literature discourse, he contends, these writers conjure a deep history of ""literary traffic"" whose expressions are always already cosmopolitan, embedded in the long histories of cultural and economic exchange between Africa, Asia, and Europe. It is precisely the New World American location of these writers, Frydman concludes, that makes possible this revisionary perspective on the idea of (Old) World literature.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
Sounding the Break deftly situates the literatures of the African diaspora not just within world literature but as the latter's shaping poetics. Turning to canonical writers of the black modernist and postmodernist traditions, Frydman elegantly reveals an 'archive of palimpsests' marked by shuttling relays between texts, persistent imbrications of local and global identifications, hybrid intersections between vernacular orality and cosmopolitan intertextuality, and the constant ghosting of the present by the past. Taking up Melvin Dixon's musing on 'a world black literature, ' Frydman gives us an archive, a history, and a method that realizes the category.--Vilashini Cooppan, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global Connections in Postcolonial Writing
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