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Coloniality and Migrancy in African Diasporic Literatures

Peter Moopi

This book explores literary representations of African immigrant experiences in Western countries, against the backdrop of colonial stereotypes and recent expressions of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and America.

The book deploys the concept of coloniality of migrancy to explore how global coloniality continues to shape the identities and lived experiences of African immigrants as represented in African diasporic literatures. It considers the persistence of racist and discriminatory attitudes and patterns of thought that developed during slavery and colonialism, and asks to what extent it is possible for African immigrants to transcend race in their configuration of their identity. Five key twenty-first century African diasporic novels are considered in the analysis: Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers, Dave Eggers' What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names and Helon Habila's Travellers. Overall, the book demonstrates that despite the hostility migrants of colour encounter, Africans are shunning the victimhood of colonialism and slavery and finding alternative ways of navigating and inhabiting the modern world.

Foregrounding the usefulness of decoloniality and postcolonial theory as theoretical tools, this book will be an invaluable resource to researchers across the fields of African literature, migration, sociology, politics, and decolonial studies.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Oct 6th, 2023
  • Pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.50in - 0.97lb
  • EAN: 9781032578798
  • Categories: AfricanAmerican - African American & BlackEmigration & Immigration

About the Author

Peter Moopi is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Rodwell Makombe is Professor in the Department of English at the North-West University, South Africa. He is a previous fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (2018-2019), the University of Michigan's Presidential Scholarship Programme (UMAPS) (2022) and a rated researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.