Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Love and Space in Contemporary African Diasporic Women’s Writing

Making Love, Making Worlds

Authors: Leetsch, Jennifer

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  • Combines careful literary analyses with in-depth discussions of cultural and socio-historical contexts by considering the world-making powers of the old novel form in the third millennium as well as the formative effect of new digital media.
  • Foregrounds literature's ability to engage with the harmful as well as the reparative results that come to be produced at the intersections of love, migration and globalization.
  • Activates various African diasporic literatures in concert with one another, thus suggesting a newly connected global imaginary
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This book sets out to investigate how contemporary African diasporic women writers respond to the imbalances, pressures and crises of twenty-first-century globalization by querying the boundaries between two separate conceptual domains: love and space. The study breaks new ground by systematically bringing together critical love studies with research into the cultures of migration, diaspora and refuge. Examining a notable tendency among current black feminist writers, poets and performers to insist on the affective dimension of world-making, the book ponders strategies of reconfiguring postcolonial discourses. Indeed, the analyses of literary works and intermedia performances by Chimamanda Adichie, Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, Shailja Patel and Warsan Shire reveal an urge of moving beyond a familiar insistence on processes of alienation or rupture and towards a new, reparative emphasis on connection and intimacy – to imagine possible inhabitable worlds.

About the authors

Jennifer Leetsch is a Lecturer in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her research focuses on affect, gender and the black diaspora, and she has previously published on desire and intimacy in African diasporic novels, the African European spatial imagination, refugee geocorpographies and diasporic digital media.

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 ‘This finger-on-the-pulse book draws together an exciting line-up of contemporary African diasporic women writers – Nigerian-American, Caribbean, Nigerian-British, Somali-British, and Kenyan-American. Attending to affect and intimacy as much as diasporic longing, this sparkling study provides sharp literary and theoretical insights in equal measure.’— Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Global Distinguished Professor, New York University, USA
'Bringing together affect studies with postcolonial theories of migration, displacement, and globalization, Jennifer Leetsch forcefully argues for the power of love in celebrated fictions by the most important African diaspora women writers today. Her meticulous and engaging readings of contemporary literature make a formidable case for how fiction can remake the world we live in to create space for better futures.'— Yogita Goyal, Professor of English and African American Studies, UCLA, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Love and Space in Contemporary African Diasporic Women’s Writing
Book Subtitle
Making Love, Making Worlds
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67754-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-67754-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-67753-4
Series ISSN
2523-8140
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 282
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