Water and African American Memory: An Ecocritical Perspective (Paperback)Anissa Janine Wardi (author)
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In Water and African American Memory, Anissa Wardi offers the first sustained treatise on watercourses in the African American expressive tradition. Her holistic approach especially highlights the ways that water acts not only as a metaphorical site of trauma, memory, and healing but also as a material site.
Using the trans-Atlantic voyage as a starting point and ending with a discussion of Hurricane Katrina, this pioneering ecocritical study delves deeply into the environmental dimension of African American writing. Beyond proposing a new theoretical map for conceptualizing the African Diaspora, Wardi offers a series of engaging and original close readings of major literary, filmic, and blues texts, including the works of Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Julie Dash, Henry Dumas, and Kasi Lemmons.
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
"Ambitious and well-researched. . . . Wardi undertakes this investigation through an examination of several twentieth-century cultural texts by writers Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, Henry Dumas, and Richard Wright; filmmakers Julie Dash and Kasi Lemmons; and blues singers Muddy Waters and Bessie Smith."--Callaloo
"Anissa Wardi's stimulating study addresses a crucial motif in African American expressive tradition, examining the trope of water, and bodies of water, in terms of its cultural, spiritual, historical, and political contexts and meanings."--Modern Language Review
"Shows that in addition to the Atlantic Ocean of the Middle Passage, sites of African American memory include all forms of water--rivers, swamps, lakes, fog, and hurricanes. . . . This is a worthy eco-critical perspective."--CHOICE
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