Race and Displacement captures a timely set of discussions about the roles of race in displacement, forced migrations, nation and nationhood, and the way continuous movements of people challenge fixed racial definitions.
The multifaceted approach of the essays in Race and Displacement allows for nuanced discussions of race and displacement in expansive ways, exploring those issues in transnational and global terms. The contributors not only raise questions about race and displacement as signifying tropes and lived experiences; they also offer compelling approaches to conversations about race, displacement, and migration both inside and outside the academy. Taken together, these essays become a case study in dialogues across disciplines, providing insight from scholars in diaspora studies, postcolonial studies, literary theory, race theory, gender studies, and migration studies.
The contributors to this volume use a variety of analytical and disciplinary methodologies to track multiple articulations of how race is encountered and defined. The book is divided by editors Maha Marouan and Merinda Simmons into four sections: “Race and Nation” considers the relationships between race and corporality in transnational histories of migration using literary and oral narratives. Essays in “Race and Place” explore the ways spatial mobility in the twentieth century influences and transforms notions of racial and cultural identity. Essays in “Race and Nationality” address race and its configuration in national policy, such as racial labeling, federal regulations, and immigration law. In the last section, “Race and the Imagination” contributors explore the role imaginative projections play in shaping understandings of race.
Together, these essays tackle the question of how we might productively engage race and place in new sociopolitical contexts. Tracing the roles of "race" from the corporeal and material to the imaginative, the essays chart new ways that concepts of origin, region, migration, displacement, and diasporic memory create understandings of race in literature, social performance, and national policy.
Contributors: Regina N. Barnett, Walter Bosse, Ashon T. Crawley, Matthew Dischinger, Melanie Fritsh, Jonathan Glover, Delia Hagen, Deborah Katz, Kathrin Kottemann, Abigail G.H. Manzella, Yumi Pak, Cassander L. Smith, Lauren Vedal
Foreword - Houston A. Baker Jr.
Introduction - Philip D. Beidler
Reflections on 'Race and Displacement' - Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine
I. Race and Bodies
Lady Eve’s Garden Sings the Blues: Spirituality and Identity in Gloria Naylor’s 'Bailey’s Café' - Regina N. Bradley
Blackqueer Aesthesis: Sexuality and the Rumor and Gossip of Black Gospel - Ashon T. Crawley
The Practice of Embodiment: Transatlantic Crossings and Black Female Sexuality in Nella Larsen’s 'Quicksand' - Deborah Katz
Returning from “Beyond the Bridge” : Postcolonial Hybridity in Gloria Naylor’s 'Mama Day' - Matthew Dischinger
II. Race and Place
Immigrant Desire: Contesting Canadian Safety and Whiteness in Dionne Brand's 'In Another Place, Not Here' - Lauren Vedal
Beyond Race and Nation: The African American Barbary Captivity Narrative of Robert Adams - Melanie Fritsch
Upon the Public Highways: Travel and Race in Charles W. Chesnutt’s 'The Marrow of Tradition' - Walter Bosse
III. Race and Nation
Washing the Ethiop Red: Sir Francis Drake and the Cimarrons of Panama - Cassander L. Smith
Nations, Migration, and Métis Subsistence, 1860–1940 - Delia Hagen
Disorientation in Julie Otsuka’s 'When the Emperor Was Divine' : The Imprisoned Spaces of Japanese Americans during World War II - Abigail G. H. Manzella
IV. Race and Imagination
Moreau avec Cuvier, Kant avec Sade: Saint Domingue, Sara Baartman, and the Technologies of Imperial Desire - Jonathan Glover
An Oracular Swan Song? : American Literary Modernism, Modernity, and the Trope of Lynching in Jean Toomer’s 'Cane' - Yumi Pak
Cultural Schizophrenia and Postcolonial Identity in Derek Walcott’s 'Dream on Monkey Mountain' and Bernadine Evaristo’s 'Lara' - Kathrin Kottemann
Afterword: The Complexities of Home - Trudier Harris
List of Contributors