“The range of scholarship that this volume represents is truly impressive at every stage, and the critical undertaking that it embodies serves as a useful and insightful summation of the field.”—Review of English Studies

“A compelling and generative source for scholars and students of myriad fields.”—Studies in the Novel

“An insightful and illuminating read, with much to teach about the diasporic imagination in the aftermath of the Second World War.”—British Society for Literature and Science

“A thoughtful, detailed reading of several contemporary Afro-diasporan Anglophone writers from Canada, England, the United States, and the Caribbean.”—New West Indian Guide

“Makes a compelling case for a rethinking of narrative moments including slavery, the Middle Passage, and colonization that have defined the fiction produced in a transatlantic geography. Provokes a reassessment of notions of Africa as an ur-home and figurations of nation-state. A must-read.”—Maxine Lavon Montgomery, author of The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces of Resistance

“Shows how literary texts perform a cultural mediation of diasporic memory.”—Wendy W. Walters, author of Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading between Literature and History
“Moves productively between the civil-rights generation of African American novelists, to the cultural-nationalist generation of Caribbean writers from the decolonization era, to contemporary British, Canadian, and American writers.”—Olakunle George, author of Relocating Agency: Modernity and African Letters

Tuire Valkeakari is professor of English at Providence College and the author of Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952-1998.
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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