BLOGROLL: Ortner on Recovering Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Forest Leaves

Johanna Ortner on Harper in Commonplace: "Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s first book of poems had been considered lost to history for well over one hundred years. Johanna Ortner shares the tale of recovering this incredibly valuable text–and shares the text itself–with the readers of Common-place." Read:

DIGITAL: Library of Glissant Studies

Recent launch: "Welcome to the pilot site of the Library of Glissant Studies (LoGS). "This collaborative open access project aims to collect and make works by and on Martinican author Édouard Glissant (1928-2011) accessible to the public. "If you wish to contribute by sending additional bibliographical/archival notice, feedback, or if you have any suggested corrections, … Continue reading DIGITAL: Library of Glissant Studies

BOOK: Miller on The French Atlantic Triangle

Christopher L. Miller, The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2008). "The French slave trade forced more than one million Africans across the Atlantic to the islands of the Caribbean. It enabled France to establish Saint-Domingue, the single richest colony on earth, and it connected France, … Continue reading BOOK: Miller on The French Atlantic Triangle

BOOK: Edwards on The Practice of Diaspora

Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2003). "A pathbreaking work of scholarship that will reshape our understanding of the Harlem Renaissance, The Practice of Diaspora revisits black transnational culture in the 1920s and 1930s, paying particular attention to links between intellectuals … Continue reading BOOK: Edwards on The Practice of Diaspora

BLOGROLL: Dash Interview “DETOURS AND DISTANCE” (From 2012)

J. Michael Dash interviewed (in 2012) by the Public Archive on Haiti,  Caribbean literature, and Édouard Glissant: "I remember reading recently that prophets are often defined by what they are not. I am not saying that Edouard Glissant was a prophet but he does represent an intellectual watershed in the Caribbean intellectual landscape. For the … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Dash Interview “DETOURS AND DISTANCE” (From 2012)

NEWS: Ward Receives MacArthur Genius Award

Jesmyn Ward joins the 2017 cohort of Macarthur geniuses: "Jesmyn Ward is a fiction writer exploring the bonds of community and familial love among poor African Americans in the rural South. She is the author of three novels and a memoir, all set in the Gulf Coast region of her native Mississippi and centered on … Continue reading NEWS: Ward Receives MacArthur Genius Award

VIDEO: Toni Morrison Discusses ‘A Mercy’

via NPR: Set in the 1680s, when this country's reliance on slavery as an economic engine was just beginning, 'A Mercy' explores the repercussions of an enslaved mother's desperate act: She offers her small daughter to a stranger in payment for her master's debt. H/T: Andrea Roberts (@FreeBlackTX) on Twitter

BOOK: Wright on Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century

Nazera Sadiq Wright, Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016. via U of I Press: "Long portrayed as a masculine endeavor, the African American struggle for progress often found expression through an unlikely literary figure: the black girl. Nazera Sadiq Wright uses heavy archival research on a wide range of … Continue reading BOOK: Wright on Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century