African Histories and Modernities

Art, Creativity, and Politics in Africa and the Diaspora

Editors: Adelakun, Abimbola, Falola, Toyin (Eds.)

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  • Offers Afrocentric perspectives on the aesthetics of political art and creativity 
  • Collects new insights into African, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean art, music, literature, and other creative outputs
  • Appeals to scholars of African studies, postcolonial studies, art, literature, and performance
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This book explores the politics of artistic creativity, examining how black artists in Africa and the diaspora create art as a procedure of self-making. Essays cross continents to uncover the efflorescence of black culture in national and global contexts and in literature, film, performance, music, and visual art. Contributors place the concerns of black artists and their works within national and transnational conversations on anti-black racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, migration, resettlement, resistance, and transnational feminisms. Does art by the subaltern fulfill the liberatory potential that critics have ascribed to it? What other possibilities does political art offer? Together, these essays sort through the aesthetics of daily life to build a thesis that reflects the desire of black artists and cultures to remake themselves and their world.

About the authors

Abimbola Adelakun teaches in the African and Africana Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, as well as Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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“This is a book of exceptional importance for researchers, teachers, and the general reader with interests in the art as well as the creative and political studies of Africa and the Black world of the diaspora. It is, indeed, a well-researched publication, which will certainly stand the test of time due to its multi-purposefulness and intellectual distinction.” (A. B. Assensoh, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, and Courtesy Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon, USA)

“At the heart of this book is the notion of art as goal-directed and emancipatory, belonging both to the individual creator and to the creator’s community. These essays are Afrocentric and powerfully grounded in engagement scholarship, particularly in their description and analysis of the ways in which African art globalizes its humanistic value without losing its local essence as a material site of social and political expression.” (Malami Buba, Professor, Division of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin, South Korea)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Adelakun, Abimbola (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Rewriting Algeria: Transcultural Kinship and Anticolonial Revolution in Kateb Yacine’s L’Homme aux sandales de caoutchouc

    Aziz, Adam

    Pages 15-45

  • Revolution and Revolt: Identitarian Space, Magic, and the Land in Decolonial Latin American and African Writing

    Ávila Conejo, Juan Manuel

    Pages 47-67

  • Family Politics: Negotiating the Family Unit as a Creative Force in Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen and Ben Okri’s The Famished Road

    Brown, Aaron

    Pages 69-82

  • Auteuring Nollywood: Rethinking the Movie Director and the Idea of Creativity in the Nigerian Film Industry

    Afolayan, Adeshina

    Pages 83-102

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91310-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91309-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art, Creativity, and Politics in Africa and the Diaspora
Editors
  • Abimbola Adelakun
  • Toyin Falola
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91310-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91310-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91309-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 335
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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