F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black Atlantic

Week 03: Friday, September 11: Black Atlantic Classics

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Timeline JS, Storymap and other KnightLab Tools


Choose One. Read at least the Introduction and One Additional Chapter.

Links to full pdf.

Obviously, if you are willing and able, you can read more.

Obviously, if you are willing and able, you can read more.


Responses to Gilroy

Watch BA @ 20 Symposium

Arroyo, Jossianna and Elizabeth A Marchant. “Introduction to Special Issue: Comparative Perspectives on the Black Atlantic.” Comparative Literature Studies 49.2 (2012).

Chrisman, Laura. “Journeying to death: Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic.” Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism, and Transnationalism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003. 73 – 88

Fernandes,Sujatha. Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation.  Verso, 2011

Gikandi, Simon. “Afterword: Outside the Black Atlantic.” Researching African Literature 45.3 (Fall 2014): 241-244

Goyal, Yogita. “Africa and the Black Atlantic.” Research in African Literatures 45. 3 (Fall 2014)

Schindler, Melissa. “Home, or the Limits of the Black AtlanticAfrican Literatures 45.3 (Fall 2014)

Smyth, Heather. “The Black Atlantic Meets the Black Pacific Multimodality in Kamau Brathwaite and Wayde Compton” Callaloo 37.2 (Spring 2014)

Soto, Isabel. “’I Knew that Spain Once Belonged to the Moors’: Langston Hughes, Race, and the Spanish Civil War.” Research in African Literatures 45.3 (Fall 2014)

Tinsley, Omise’eke Natasha “Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Queer Imaginings of the Middle Passage.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 14.2-3 (2008).

NB: Of course Gilroy has written more than just The Black Atlantic. I strongly encourage you to look at more of is work. There Ain’t No Black In the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (1987) and Darker Than Blue: On The Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture (2010) are good starting places.

Middle Passage 

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock. “Chapter 3: TransportationNew World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849 (Duke 2014) (coming soon)

Hartman, Saidiya. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (not online, but it’s a slim volume and easily available)

Video: Hartman, Saidiya. “Human Rights and the Humanities” National Humanities Center National Humanities Center. March 20 2014.

Rediker, Marcus. The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Verso 2012).

Ships of Bondage and the Fight for Freedom (brochure for exhibit at Iziko Museum in South Africa), curated by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University.

  • This exhibit on slave insurrections focuses on three vessels, including The Amistad, and was organized by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University. For more on the exhibit, see the CSSJ’s site.

Smallwood, Stephanie. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008

Smallwood, Stephanie E. “African Guardians, European Slave Ships, and the Changing Dynamics of Power in the Early Modern Atlantic.” The William and Mary Quarterly 64.4 (Oct., 2007): 679-71

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