A talk by Sara E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Literature at UC San Diego
Sara Johnson’s most recent work, The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Imagination in the Revolutionary Americas, is an inter-disciplinary study that explores how people of African descent responded to the collapse and reconsolidation of colonial life in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1845). Using visual culture, popular music and dance, periodical literature, historical memoirs, and state papers, the book examines the migration of people, ideas and practices across imperial boundaries. Building on previous scholarship on black internationalism, it traces expressions of transcolonial black politics, both aesthetic and experiential, in places including Hispaniola, Louisiana, Cuba, and Jamaica. She argues for the existence of “competing inter-Americanisms” as she uncovers the struggle for unity amidst the realities of class, territorial, and linguistic diversity. The stories within move beyond a consideration of the well-documented anxiety insurgent blacks occasioned in slaveholding systems to refocus attention on the wide variety of strategic alliances they generated in their quests for freedom, equality and profit.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Download File: Une-et-Indivisible-s3-gwd.pdf
Sponsor(s): LAI Cuba and the Caribbean Working Group
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