#ASALH100: Cambria Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) at 2 Sessions

Ana Lucia Araujo Historian History Slave Memory Book #ASALH100 Cambria Press

#ASALH100: Cambria Press Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo will be at the session “Slavery, Public Memory, and Reparations” on Friday at 7 p.m. (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 1, Georgia 10) and at the session “From Slavery to Freedom: Black Women in the Americas” on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 2, Savannah 2, Level 2 Lobby).

Cambria Press Author & Slavery Series Editor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) will be at two sessions at the centennial meeting and conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Cambria Publications by Dr. Araujo (more reviews at http://www.cambriapress.com):

Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic

“An important and provocative work. No other study so thoroughly chronicles the fraught and ambiguous history of memorializing slavery in the South Atlantic. Araujo’s ability to ‘read’ multiple sources – both discursive and non-discursive – makes the book truly interdisciplinary in scope. It will be a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory in Benin and Brazil.” – James H. Sweet, Journal of African History

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images

“The scholarly quality of the dozen essays included here is uniformly high … The quality and variety of the contributions make this book a desirable purchase for research libraries, and scholars of the history and culture of slavery and the black Atlantic are well advised to direct their attention to the essays which best match their interests and to consult the extensive and up-to-date bibliography of primary and secondary sources with which Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade closes. Araujo and her contributors deserve praise for putting together this exciting collection, as does Cambria Press for producing it as an attractively designed and well-laid-out volume.” – Journal of Latin American Studies

African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World

“The memory of slavery and the slave trade has strongly influenced how history is understood. What is remembered and why are clearly identified as major historical themes of analysis in this valuable collection.” – Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Ida B. Wells Birthday Tribute: Black Women as Custodians of History

Ida B. Wells

Black Women as Custodians of History: Birthday Tribute to Ida B. Wells

Cambria Press Book Highlight in honor of Ida B. Wells’s Birthday

“Like W. E. B. Du Bois, black activist and journalist Ida B. Wells also chose to become an interpreter of facts in her writings about lynching at the turn of the twentieth century [… and] called African Americans to write and distribute accurate histories that would counteract the false depictions created by white-owned presses, dispersing this message through her work in the antilynching movement.”   – Paula Sanmartín, Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

*This book is part of the Cambria Studies in Slavery Series headed by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

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#ASA2014 Highlight! Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women's Writing

Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

This week, we will be featuring books that year’s exemplify the African Studies Association annual meeting theme “Rethinking Violence, Reconstruction and Reconciliation.”

One such book is Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing by Paula Sanmartín.

“African American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. has stated that anyone who analyzes black literature must do so as a comparativist … my project includes works by black women writers from different areas of the African diaspora in order to examine literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in both the United States and Cuba. … I analyze how, lacking a safe space to write history, they have placed themselves in a position where they can have some influence on the way history is being written. In addition, I emphasize the way these black women authors disassemble racist and sexist stereotypes, (re)constructing black female subjectivity through an image of active resistance against oppression, one that authorizes unconventional definitions of motherhood and/or womanhood. This image, which I have named “the rebel (m)other,” allows the authors to make black women’s presence and participation in history explicit while redefining heroism from a black female perspective. My project argues that these writings also highlight the significance of black women’s specific relationship to historical national tensions in the United States and Cuba. … The chapters in Black Women as Custodians of History showcase the way that drawing on dialogic relationships can open up new lines of inquiry and redress the historical imbalance of Western historiography and literary history by presenting black women’s history and subjectivity as multiple and discontinuous.”

Browse Black Women as Custodians of History now. Recommend this book to your library and colleagues.

This book is in the Cambria Studies in Slavery Series headed by Ana Lucia Araujo, author and editor of the highly acclaimed books on slavery (which will be featured this week as well).

From now until December 15, enjoy a special 35% discount on all hardcover titles. Use web coupon code ASA2014. Libraries can use this too.

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#NWSA2014 Highlights: Groundbreaking Books for Women’s Studies

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#NWSA2014: Groundbreaking Books for Women’s Studies

#NWSA2014 attendees, are these groundbreaking books in women’s studies in your library? Make sure they are and take advantage of the 30% discount on all titles (now until November 30, 2014). Use web coupon code BA188.

Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media

Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace

Much has been written about gender and the monstrous, but sustained engagement with textual manifestations of cultural and unconscious fears and anxieties about “unnatural” reproduction has been limited. This book expands the current discourse and analyzes how fears about unnatural reproduction and monstrous offspring—and their frequent connections to the feminine—have proliferated and propagated across the very texts which are repetitively created and consumed.

Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

Paula Sanmartín

This book is an essential addition to the study of comparative black literature of the Americas; it will also fill the gap that exists on theoretical studies exploring black women’s writing from the Spanish Caribbean. This book examines literary representations of the historic roots of black women’s resistance in the United States and Cuba by studying the following texts by both African American and Afro-Cuban women from different literary genres.

Ooku, The Secret World of the Shogun’s Women

 Cecilia Segawa Seigle and Linda H. Chance

“A wonderfully detailed history of the shogunal harem … and it does not shy away from discussion of the sex—or lack of it—at the heart of the Ooku’s raison d’être … Many of the primary sources consulted by the authors are still in manuscript form and exceptionally difficult to decipher, let alone interpret. The authors thus deserve high praise for their dedication to locating, making sense of, selecting, and translating a vast range of material for a scholarly audience.” – Gaye Rowley, Waseda University

Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re)Writing the Maternal Script

Cristina Herrera

Despite the growing literary scholarship on Chicana writers, few, if any, studies have exhaustively explored themes of motherhood, maternity, and mother-daughter relationships in their novels.Mother-daughter relationships have been ignored in much literary criticism, but this book reveals that maternal relationships are crucial to the study of Chicana literature; more precisely, examining maternal relationships provides insight to Chicana writers’ rejection of intersecting power structures that otherwise silence Chicanas and women of color.

Black Medea: Adaptations for Modern Plays

Kevin J. Wetmore

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import.

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Cambria Press New Book for African studies, Latin American studies, slavery studies, and women’s studies

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Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing

At the 2014 LASA congress last month, there was much excitement not only for Howard University history professor Ana Lucia Araujo’s two highly praised books, Public Memory of Slavery and Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade, but also her series, Slavery: Past and Present, because the inaugural title Black Women as Custodians of History: Unsung Rebel (M)Others in African American and Afro-Cuban Women’s Writing was published just in time for LASA.

Even more exciting was the fact that both the author Paula Sanmartín and one of the writers discussed in the book, Nancy Morejón, were both at LASA. This book is much cause for celebration because until now there has been no book-length study concentrating on black women writers from the United States and the Spanish Caribbean. Books on women authors from the Caribbean and comparative studies of the Black Diaspora tend to focus on Anglophone writers, and scarce critical attention is given to black women authors in the field of Afro-Hispanic studies.

Dr. Sanmartín’s book notes that “the totalizing impulse of race in concepts such as ‘black womanhood’ masks real differences between black women from the United States and Cuba,” and shows how “the work of Afro-Cuban writer and literary critic Nancy Morejón demonstrates that one needs to acknowledge internal discursive fields such as negrismo, transculturación, mestizaje, and cubanismo when studying Afro-Cuban women’s writings.”

This book is an important addition for collections in African studies, Latin American studies, slavery studies, and women’s studies.

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This book is in the  Slavery: Past and Present book series by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

If you like this book, please recommend it to your library and colleagues.

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