Black Imagination and the Middle Passage

Synopsis

This volume of essays examines the forced dispossession of the Middle Passage through the texts, religious rites, economic exchanges, dance and music it elicited, both on the liminal transatlantic journey and on the continent and eventual return. As a whole this collection establishes a broad topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends from the interior of Africa across the Atlantic and to the interior of the Americas, and from the time of the Middle Passage to the present day. A collective narrative of itinerant cultural consciousness as represented in histories, myth and arts, these contributions reconceptualize the meaning of the Middle Passage for African American history and fiction.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Maria Diedrich
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Carl Pedersen
  • David Eltis
  • David Richardson
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999