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Autochthonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora
by Myriam J. A. Chancy
University of Illinois Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-252-08491-1 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05190-6 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04304-8
Library of Congress Classification DT16.5.C47 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 909.0496

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Autochthonomies, Myriam J. A. Chancy engages readers in an interpretive journey. She lays out a radical new process that invites readers to see creations by artists of African descent as legible within the context of African diasporic historical and cultural debates. By invoking a transnational African/diasporic lens and negotiating it through a lakou or ”yard space,” we can see such identities transfigured, recognized, and exchanged. Chancy demonstrates how the process can examine the salient features of texts and art that underscore African/diasporic sensibilities and render them legible. What emerges is a potential for richer readings of African diasporic works that also ruptures the Manichean binary dynamics that have dominated previous interpretations of the material. The result: an enriching interpretive mode focused on the transnational connections between subjects of African descent as the central pole for reader investigation.

A bold challenge to established scholarship, Autochthonomies ranges from Africa to Europe and the Americas to provide powerful new tools for charting the transnational interactions between African cultural producers and sites.



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