Creating Memorials, Building Identities
The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic
Alan Rice is Professor of English and American Studies, University of Central Lancashire. He is author of Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003), and co-editor with Martin Crawford of Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglas and Transatlantic Reform (University of Georgia Press, 1999).
List of illustrations Acknowledgements 1. Tracing Slavery’s Routes and Viewing Inside the Invisible: The Monumental Landscape and the African Atlantic 2. Discovering Traces of Slavery in a City Fraught with Amnesia: Creating Memorials and Building New Identities in Lancaster 3. Revealing Histories, Dialogising Collections and Promoting Guerrilla Memorialisation: Museums and Galleries in North-West England Commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade 4. The Cotton that Connects, the Cloth that Binds: Memorialising Manchester’s Civil War from Abe’s Statue to Lubaina Himid’s Cotton.Com 5. ‘Black Music across the Ocean Waves’: Toni Morrison, Jackie Kay and Jazz as African Atlantic Memorial 6. ‘Fighting Nazism, Jim Crow and Colonialism too’: Creating Radical Memorials in Honour of African Atlantic Struggles in the War against Fascism 7. Accounting for the Bodies and Revealing Ghostly Presences: Utopian and Dystopian Imaginations of the African Atlantic in the work of Ellen Gallagher, Godfried Donkor and Lubaina Himid Bibliography
With his new book on memorialization and the formation of transnational identities, Alan Rice makes an important contribution to the burgeoning field of Black Studies in Europe.
Johanna C. Kardux New West Indian Guide
Rice’s Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic is a fine study of the complications involved in memorialising slavery in the black Atlantic is a discourse which touches upon Africa, the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Wasafiri #71, Vol, 27.3
Well written, in an accessible style on an important topic that deserves wider readership than an academic audience.
Hilda Kean Journal of American Studies Roundtable
Ruskin College, Oxford
One of the most impressive aspects of the book is the rare balance it achieves between the author's personal rage at the subject he confronts, and the need for its analytical, intellectual dissection based upon scrupulous historical research. It is itself a testament to the author's own political commitment, and thus again aligns itself with a distinguished tradition of radical British history.
Geoff Quilley Journal of American Studies Roundtable
University of Sussex
Rice’s book is of immense value, both in terms of its content and method.
Robbie Shilliam Journal of African Political Economy
Interdisciplinary work is often called for but rarely achieved. Alan Rice’s Creating Memorials, Building Identities is a striking example of how it is best done. With this new book, British “heritage” is considerably enriched and diversified.
Richard H. King
Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham
What Rice manages to do is join the dots between yesterday and today to show how the impact of the genocide has seeped into contemporary culture by the tools, skills and crafts of the artistic world. He takes the reader on a journey through music and the visual arts to remind the reader that we, the people of the African continent and Diaspora are strong survivors not merely victims-decedents of the blood of history.
SuAndi SuAndi National Black Arts Alliance
Alan Rice’s engrossing study of the legacy of chattel slavery and the slave trade in the African Atlantic analyzes literary works, visual art, music, film, and stone monuments in order to document and champion “guerrilla memorialisation” and its power to disrupt the amnesia and repression often perpetrated by official history. This interdisciplinary project, with its wide range of reference to the enormous and growing literature on the memory of collective trauma, is an insightful and often moving critical response to the diaspora-wide search for memorials “that conserve memory without being conservative.”
Arlene R. Keizer
author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2004)
Written with passion and commitment, Rice’s breadth of learning, enthusiastic and engaged scholarship, as well as commitment to freedom and equality, has resulted in a book that fills the reader with conflicting emotions…anger, sadness and perhaps above all amazement…both that the cultures grown out of the slave experience are so vibrant, but at the same time that racism and exploitation still flourish.
De Montfort University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: November 1, 2010
Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery 3