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The Middle Ages in Popular Culture:

Medievalism and Genre
Helen Young
ISBN: 9781604978971

Rather than focusing on the medievalism of a single genre, this volume puts multiple genres in dialogue and considers both medievalism and genre to be frameworks from which meaning can be produced. Chapters in it explore works from a wide range of genres—children’s and young adult, historical, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and crime—and across multiple media—fiction, film, television, video games, and music. The range of media types and genres enable comparison, and the identification of overarching trends, while also allowing comparison of contrasting phenomena. Read More..

Dress in the Making of African Identity:

A Social and Cultural History of the Yoruba People
Bukola Oyenyi
ISBN: 9781604978995

This book on the social and cultural history of Yoruba people illuminates the impact of Christianity, Islam, and British colonialism on the construction of Yoruba identity, and how dress was entangled in that construction. It also provides insightful discussions of the transformations in dress culture since independence and demonstrates the importance of dress as a site for contesting and articulating postcolonial Yoruba identity and class structure within the Nigerian national space. Read More..

Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations:

Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland
Danielle Porter Sanchez and Toyin Falola
ISBN: 9781604979022

From the historical movements of enslaved Africans to the Americas to newer migrations of Africans to spaces like Belgium and France, experiences of blackness on a global stage reflect themes of negotiation, persecution, isolation, unification, remembrance, and much more. Yet, it is impossible to minimize the complex experiences that make up the African diaspora throughout the world, as diasporic communities face a range of struggles. This book is thus a timely and much-needed exploration of the intricate nature of culture and life in the African diaspora. Read More..

Transatlantic Memories of Slavery:

Remembering the Past, Changing the Future
Elisa Bordin and Anna Scacchi
ISBN: 9781604979039

Unlike earlier scholarship on slavery, this study addresses the memory of slavery from a transnational perspective. It offers comparative analyses which interlace the variety of memories emerging in diverse national contexts and fields of study and shed light on the ways local countermemories have interacted with and responded to hegemonic narratives of slavery. The inclusion of Brazil and the French, English, and Spanish Caribbean alongside the US and Europe, and the various approaches (cinema, popular culture, visual culture, anthropology, literary studies) expand the current understanding of the slave past and how it is reimagined. Read More..

 

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