Daughters of the Diaspora: Afra-Hispanic Writers

Daughters of the Diaspora: Afra-Hispanic Writers

By Miriam Decosta Willis
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Book Description

Daughters of the Diaspora features the creative writing of 20 Hispanophone women of African descent, as well as the interpretive essays of 15 literary critics. The collection is unique in its combination of genres, including poetry, short stories, essays, excerpts from novels and personal narratives, many of which are being translated into English for the first time. They address issues of ethnicity, sexuality, social class and self-representation and in so doing shape a revolutionary discourse that questions and subverts historical assumptions and literary conventions.

Miriam DeCosta-Willis’ comprehensive Introduction, biographical sketches of the authors and their chronological arrangement within the text, provide an accessible history of the evolution of an Afra-Hispanic literary tradition in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America.

The book will be useful as textbook in courses in Africana Studies, Women’s Studies, Caribbean, Latina and Latin American Studies as well as courses in literature and the humanities.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction - ‘This Voyage Toward Words’: Mapping the Routes of the Writers
  • Virginia Brindis De Salas
    • Hallelujah!
    • Pregón Number One
    • The Conga
    • The Unmasking of Virginia Brindis de Salas: Minority Discourse of Afro-Uruguay
  • Carmen Colon Pellot
    • Oh Lord, I Want to be White!
    • Roots of Mulata Envy
    • The Land is a Mulatto Woman
    • ‘Oh Lord I Want to be White’: The Ambivalence of Mulatez in Carmen Colón Pellot’s Ambar mulato
  • Julia De Burgos
    • Cry of the Kinky Haired Girl
    • Río Grande de Loíza
    • To Julia de Burgos
    • Pentachrome
    • Letters to Her Sister Consuelo
    • I Am The Life, The Strength, The Woman: Feminism in Julia de Burgos’ Autobiographical Poetry
  • Aída Cartagena Portalatín
    • Black Autumn
    • A Woman is Alone
    • Wasted Effort
    • Aída Cartagena Portalatín: A Literary Life.Moca, Dominican Republic, 1918–94
  • Marta Rojas
    • The Sweet Enigma of a Writer’s Life: A Personal Narrative
    • from Holy Lust or White Papers
    • Marta Rojas’ Santa Lujuria and the Transformation of Cuban History Into Mythic Fiction
  • Eulalia Bernard
    • Now That I Am Yours Limón
    • We
    • What Fi Do?*
    • Our Weapon Is Strong Language’ A Conversation With Eulalia Bernard
    • Eulalia Bernard: A Caribbean Woman Writer and the Dynamics of Liberation
  • Georgina Herrera
    • Street of the Women of the World
    • First Time in Front of a Mirror
    • Ibu Sedi
    • ‘The Lion’s Version of the Jungle’ A Conversation with Georgina Herrera
    • Toward a Definition of the Self in the Poetry of Georgina Herrera
  • Lourdes Casal
    • For Ana Veldford
    • Profile of My City
    • I Live in Cuba
    • The Founders: Alfonso
    • Identity and the Politics of (Dis)Location in Lourdes Casal’s Narratives of Place
  • Argentina Chiriboga
    • from The Backcover of Desire: Untitled: ‘Changó and Yemayá go by’
    • Untitled: ‘Let my braid loose’
    • Untitled: ‘On these avenues’
    • from Drums Under My Skin
    • The Poetics and Politics of Desire: Eroticism in Luz Argentina Chiriboga’s Bajo la piel de los tambores
  • Nancy Morejón
    • Ana Mendieta
    • Lady of the Unicorn
    • Persona
    • from Myth and Reality in Cecilia Valdés’
    • An Aesthetic of Women’s Art in Nancy Morejón’s ‘Ana Mendieta’
  • Excilia Saldaña
    • Autobiography
    • from My Name (A Family Anti-Elegy)
    • The Zeal for Self-Denomination in the Poetic Works of Excilia Saldaña
  • Beatriz Santos
    • Black Griot
    • Fire
    • Chulin’s Fantasy
    • Tía Coca
  • María Nsue Angüe
    • from Ekomo
    • Writing from the Soul: A Conversation with María Nsue Angüe
    • Narrative of a Woman’s Life and Writing: María Nsue Angüe’s Ekomo
  • Sherezada 'Chiqui' Vicioso
    • An Oral History
    • Julia de Burgos. Our Julia
    • A Strange Wailing of the Wind
    • The Journey Inward: Sherezada Vicioso’s‘Un extraño ulular de voces traía el viento’
  • Soleida Ríos
    • I Also Sing of Myself
    • Autumn Rains
    • Untitled
    • The Horn Calls Out to Us Loudly
    • Final Rites
    • Life
    • Soleida’s Reappearance
  • Edelma Zapata Pérez’
    • Death
    • The Final Drop
    • Ancestral Fears
    • The Consciousness -Raising of an Afro-Indo-Mulatto Woman Writer in Colombia’s Multiethnic Society
  • Yvonne-América Truque
    • Warrior Woman
    • . . . Being a Woman and Writing
    • On that Underbrush that has Entrapped Us
    • Someone is Sleeping
    • From ‘Retratos de Sombras’ (Portraits of Shadows) Untitled
    • From ‘Perfiles inconclusos’ (Unfinished Profiles): VI
    • From ‘Perfiles inconclusos’ (Unfinished Profiles) VII
    • Yvonne-América Truque: A New FemaleVoice From Colombia
  • Cristina Cabral
    • 25 August 1988
    • From My Trench
    • Five Hundred Years After
    • Memory and Resistance
    • Crossing Borders / Crossing Boundaries: Cristina Cabral’s Memoria y resistencia
  • Shirley Campbell
    • Closing the Circle that Began in Africa
    • Abuelo
    • Grandpa
    • VIII
    • XIII
    • ‘Patches of Dreams’: The Birth of Shirley Campbell’s Oeuvre
    • Shirley Campbell’s Rotundamente negra: Content and Technique
  • Mayra Santos-Febres
    • The Institute of Culture Says
    • Marina’s Fragrance
    • ‘The Page on Which Life Writes Itself’: A Conversation with Mayra Santos Febres
    • Reclaiming the Female Body, Culture, and Identity in Mayra Santos-Febres’s ‘BrokenStrand’
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Contributors
  • Permissions
  • Index
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