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Water and African American Memory: An Ecocritical Perspective

Anissa Janine Wardi


This book contributes to the fields of African American, ecocritical, and literary studies, as it offers a sustained treatise on watercourses in the African American expressive tradition. It builds on the scholarship on the trans-Atlantic voyage, specifically reading the Middle Passage as a trope in African diasporic writing, and expanding studies of the Atlantic by reading this seminal water crossing in relation to other bodies of water. The African American expressive tradition positions bodies of water as haunted by the bodies of those who lost their lives in their currents. Water, then, th ... More

Keywords: African American Literature, ecocriticism, water bodies, African Diaspora, Atlantic Ocean, Middle Passage, memory, swamps, Sea Islands, Hurricane Katrina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037455
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anissa Janine Wardi, author