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Author Coles, Robert, 1949-

Title Black writers abroad : a study of Black American writers in Europe and Africa / Robert Coles.

Published New York : Garland Pub., 1999.


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Physical description vii, 176 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in African American history and culture.
Studies in African American history and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-165) and index.
Contents I. Introduction -- II. Escape From Slavery -- III. Black Abolitionists in Great Britain -- IV. Emigration -- V. Expatriates and the New Negro -- VI. The French Scene -- VII. Black American Writers in Ghana During the Nkrumah Era -- VIII. Conclusion.
Summary The first in-depth examination of African American writers who left the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries as exiles or expatriates, this book discusses who left and why, where they went, and whether or not they returned. Most importantly, this study examines what impact exile had on these authors' literary, work and careers as well as on African American literary history. Born within the context of bondage and slavery, African American literature grew out of the vibrant anti-slavery, movement in which thousands of slaves escaped to the free Northern United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The fugitives were encouraged to write about their experiences, giving rise to African American literature by writers who viewed their existence in terms of exile.
Moreover, the social and political conditions arising from slavery left the legacy of racism alive and resulted in an extended theme of exile in black American literature. Both the idea that racial acceptance could be achieved only in some country other than the United States and the reality of exile appear in many literary representations, attitudes, and actions of black writers well into the 20th century.
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Foreign countries -- History and criticism.
African American authors -- Foreign countries -- Biography.
African Americans -- Travel -- Europe -- History.
African Americans -- Travel -- Africa -- History.
ISBN 081532751X (alk. paper)