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Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black by Michelle D. Commander

By Michelle D. Commander

In Afro-Atlantic Flight Michelle D. Commander lines how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and tourists envision literal and figurative flight again to Africa as a method during which to heal the dispossession as a result of the slave exchange. via ethnographic, ancient, literary, and filmic analyses, Commander exhibits the ways in which cultural manufacturers comparable to Octavia Butler, Thomas Allen Harris, and Saidiya Hartman interact with speculative considered slavery, the non secular realm, and Africa, thereby structuring the imaginary that propels destiny go back flights.  She is going directly to learn Black americans’ cultural history tourism in and migration to Ghana; Bahia, Brazil; and a variety of websites of slavery within the US South to interrogate the ways in which a cadre of actors produces “Africa” and contests grasp narratives. Compellingly, those fabric flights don't continuously fulfill Black americans’ individualistic wants for homecoming and liberation, best Commander to target the progressive chances inherent in psychic speculative returns and to argue for the improvement of a Pan-Africanist stance that works to extra successfully handle the modern resonances of slavery that exist around the Afro-Atlantic.

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