“Delves into the historic convergence of peoples and cultural traditions that either enhance and problematize notions of nationwide belonging, id, tradition, and citizenship.”—Antonio D. Tillis, editor of Critical views on Afro-Latin American Literature
“With wealthy aspect and theoretical complexity, Watson reinterprets Panamanian literature, dismantling longstanding nationalist interpretations and linking the rustic to the Black Atlantic and past. an interesting and significant contribution to our figuring out of Afro-Latin America.”—Peter Szok, writer of Wolf Tracks: renowned paintings and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama
“Illuminates the deeper discourse of African-descendant identities that runs via Panama and different principal American countries.”—Dawn Duke, writer of Literary ardour, Ideological dedication: towards a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian girls Writers
This quantity tells the tale of 2 cultural teams: Afro-Hispanics, whose ancestors got here to Panama as African slaves, and West Indians from the English-speaking international locations of Jamaica and Barbados who arrived in the course of the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries to construct the railroad and the Panama Canal.
whereas Afro-Hispanics assimilated after centuries of mestizaje (race blending) and now determine with their Spanish historical past, West Indians carry to their British Caribbean roots and establish extra heavily with Africa and the Caribbean.
via studying the writing of black Panamanian authors, Sonja Watson highlights how race is outlined, contested, and inscribed in Panama. She discusses the cultural, racial, and nationwide tensions that hinder those teams from forging a shared Afro-Panamanian id, eventually revealing why ethnically assorted Afro-descendant populations proceed to fight to create racial team spirit in international locations throughout Latin the United States and the Caribbean.
A quantity within the sequence Latin American and Caribbean Arts and tradition, funded via the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation