‘Shuttles in the Rocking Loom’
Mapping the Black Diaspora in African American and Caribbean Fiction
Dr Jennifer Terry is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in English at Durham University, UK with particular interests in literature and culture of the black diaspora. Her research is situated at the intersections of American hemispheric, US and postcolonial studies. Previous publications have focused on the work of Toni Morrison and other African American writers. Her monograph 'Shuttles in the Rocking Loom': Mapping the Black Diaspora in African American and Caribbean Fiction was published by Liverpool University Press in 2013. Dr Terry is Secretary of the British Association for American Studies, organised the UK Higher Education Academy event ‘Teaching African American Literature and Culture’ in 2014, and is developing new work on visions of futurity in recent fiction and visual art by black diasporans.
Publisher acknowledgements Acknowledgements Introduction 1 The Legacies of Slavery and the US North and South David Bradley, Octavia Butler, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Pauline E. Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Ishmael Reed, Alice Walker 2 Landscapes of the Caribbean Plantation and Interior Maryse Condé, Édouard Glissant, Wilson Harris, Jamaica Kincaid, Earl Lovelace, Paule Marshall, Jacques Roumain 3 Sea Changes: Middle Passages and Voyages ‘Home’ Maryse Condé, Charles Johnson, George Lamming, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Caryl Phillips, Simone Schwarz-Bart, John Edgar Wideman 4 City Space: Claims, Cosmopolitanisms and Dwelling Dionne Brand, Patrick Chamoiseau, C. L. R. James, Nella Larsen, Andrea Levy, Claude McKay, John Edgar Wideman Conclusion Bibliography Index
'A significant contribution to both black diaspora and postcolonial studies ... the magnificent scope of each chapter offers readers detailed readings, contextualization and careful analysis.'
Journal of American Studies
What Terry shows throughout this book is the way that African diasporic resilience, surviving the trauma, ultimately reveals enmeshed histories that often aptly explicate the journeys made. The importance of remaking histories to many of these narratives is something to which she constantly returns.
Alan Rice, New West Indian Guide
Terry’s study is effectively organized, clearly signposting each theme throughout....of interest to scholars of Caribbean literature.
Melanie A. Murray Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 11, 2013
Series: Migrations and Identities 3