The Cultural Memory of Africa in African American and Black British Fiction, 1970-2000

Specters of the Shore

  • Leila Kamali

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Leila Kamali
    Pages 1-28
  3. African American Aesthetics

  4. Black British Interventions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-314

About this book


This book offers a new approach to reading the cultural memory of Africa in African American fiction from the post-Civil Rights era and in Black British fiction emerging in the wake of Thatcherism. The critical period between the decline of the Civil Rights Movement and the dawn of the twenty-first century saw a deep contrast in the distinctive narrative approaches displayed by diverse African diaspora literatures in negotiating the crisis of representing the past. Through a series of close readings of literary fiction, this work examines how the cultural memory of Africa is employed in diverse and specific negotiations of narrative time, in order to engage and shape contemporary identity and citizenship. By addressing the practice of “remembering” Africa, the book argues for the signal importance of the African diaspora’s literary interventions, and locates new paradigms for cultural identity in contemporary times. 


African American literature Black British literature Africa cultural memory narrative time

Authors and affiliations

  • Leila Kamali
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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