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Africana Studies


Publications by Africana Studies Faculty

Expectations of Equality by Albert S. Broussard

Professor Broussard examines how African Americans over the course of nearly five centuries attempted to find their place in the states and territories west of the ninety-eighth meridian..Expectations of Equality tells the stories of every-day African American men and women, persons who lived in the West from the early 1500s until the turn of the twenty-first century. These stories help to make Expectations of Equality the perfect choice as supplementary reading-not only for courses in the history of the U.S. West, but also for survey courses in United States and African American history.

The Man-Not by Tommy Curry

Temple University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2017)

Spiders of the Market by David Afriyie Donkor

The Ghanaian trickster-spider, Ananse, is a deceptive figure full of comic delight who blurs the lines of class, politics, and morality. David Afriyie Donkor identifies social performance as a way to understand trickster behavior within the shifting process of political legitimization in Ghana, revealing stories that exploit the social ideologies of economic neoliberalism and political democratization. At the level of policy, neither ideology was completely successful, but Donkor shows how the Ghanaian government was crafty in selling the ideas to the people, adapting trickster-rooted performance techniques to reinterpret citizenship and the common good. Trickster performers rebelled against this takeover of their art and sought new ways to out trick the tricksters.

African Video Movies and Global Desires by Carmela Garritano

2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana's commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production. Garritano makes a significant contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies these movies produce. African Video Movies and Global Desires is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and influence.

African and American by Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson

African & American tells the story of the much overlooked experience of first and second generation West African immigrants and refugees in the United States during the last forty years. Halter and Johnson examine the impact this community has had on the changing meaning of "African Americanness" and address the provocative question of whether West African immigrants are, indeed, becoming the newest African Americans.

Where Are All the Librarians of Color? edited by Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juarez

This book offers a comprehensive look at the experiences of people of color after the recruitment is over, the diversity box is checked, and the statistics are reported. What are the retention, job satisfaction, and tenure experiences of librarians of color? The authors look at the history of librarians of color in academia, review of the literature, obstacles, roles, leadership, and the tenure process for those that endure. What are the recruitment and retention methods employed to create a diverse workforce, successes and failures? Finally what are some mentoring strategies that work to make the library environment less exploitative and toxic for librarians of color?

Sueño con África = Dream of Africa = Rêve d'Afrique by Alain Lawo-Sukam

Poems in original Spanish with the author's translations into English and French on facing pages. Includes a critical essay Sendero hacia un tono considerable by Eduardo Espina in original Spanish (pages 171-177) translated into English (pages 178-184) and French (pages 185-191).

Leo Bersani by Mikko Tuhkanen

Examines the importance of Leo Bersani's work for queer theory, psychoanalysis, literary criticism and theory, cultural studies, and film studies.