Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies

A Critical Anthology

  • Cassander L. Smith
  • Nicholas R. Jones
  • Miles P. Grier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cassander L. Smith, Nicholas R. Jones, Miles P. Grier
    Pages 1-12
  3. Space and Field

  4. Archives and Methods

  5. Period Tensions

  6. Early Modern Black Lives Matter: A Critical Roundtable

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies brings into conversation two fields—Early Modern Studies and Black Studies—that traditionally have had little to say to each other. This disconnect is the product of current scholarly assumptions about a lack of archival evidence that limits what we can say about those of African descent before modernity. This volume posits that the limitations are not in the archives, but in the methods we have constructed for locating and examining those archives. The essays that make up this volume offer new critical approaches to black African agency and the conceptualization of blackness in early modern literary works, historical documents, material and visual cultures, and performance culture. Ultimately, this critical anthology revises current understandings about racial discourse and the cultural contributions of black Africans in early modernity and in the present across the globe.


Black Diaspora African Diaspora Early Modern Period Racial Blackness Early Modern Atlantic World black Africans in early modernity early Atlantic studies early Atlantic culture Black Africans in Early Modern Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Cassander L. Smith
    • 1
  • Nicholas R. Jones
    • 2
  • Miles P. Grier
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SpanishBucknell UniversityLewisburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of EnglishQueens College, CUNYFlushingUSA

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