Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black by Michelle D. Commander

By Michelle D. Commander

In Afro-Atlantic Flight Michelle D. Commander strains how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and tourists envision literal and figurative flight again to Africa as a way wherein to heal the dispossession brought on by the slave alternate. via ethnographic, old, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander indicates the ways in which cultural manufacturers akin to Octavia Butler, Thomas Allen Harris, and Saidiya Hartman interact with speculative considered slavery, the religious realm, and Africa, thereby structuring the imaginary that propels destiny go back flights.  She is going directly to research Black american citizens’ cultural history tourism in and migration to Ghana; Bahia, Brazil; and a variety of websites of slavery within the US South to interrogate the ways in which a cadre of actors produces “Africa” and contests grasp narratives. Compellingly, those fabric flights don't continually fulfill Black americans’ individualistic wants for homecoming and liberation, top Commander to target the progressive chances inherent in psychic speculative returns and to argue for the advance of a Pan-Africanist stance that works to extra successfully deal with the modern resonances of slavery that exist around the Afro-Atlantic.

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