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By Sonja S. Watson

"Delves into the historic convergence of peoples and cultural traditions that either improve and problematize notions of nationwide belonging, identification, tradition, and citizenship."--Antonio D. Tillis, editor of Critical views on Afro-Latin American Literature

"With wealthy element and theoretical complexity, Watson reinterprets Panamanian literature, dismantling longstanding nationalist interpretations and linking the rustic to the Black Atlantic and past. an enticing and critical contribution to our knowing of Afro-Latin America."--Peter Szok, writer of Wolf Tracks: well known paintings and Re-Africanization in Twentieth-Century Panama

"Illuminates the deeper discourse of African-descendant identities that runs via Panama and different primary American countries."--Dawn Duke, writer of Literary ardour, Ideological dedication: towards a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian girls Writers

This quantity tells the tale of 2 cultural teams: Afro-Hispanics, whose ancestors got here to Panama as African slaves, and West Indians from the English-speaking nations of Jamaica and Barbados who arrived through the mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries to construct the railroad and the Panama Canal.

While Afro-Hispanics assimilated after centuries of mestizaje (race blending) and now establish with their Spanish historical past, West Indians carry to their British Caribbean roots and determine extra heavily with Africa and the Caribbean.

By analyzing the writing of black Panamanian authors, Sonja Watson highlights how race is outlined, contested, and inscribed in Panama. She discusses the cultural, racial, and nationwide tensions that hinder those teams from forging a shared Afro-Panamanian id, finally revealing why ethnically different Afro-descendant populations proceed to fight to create racial team spirit in international locations throughout Latin the US and the Caribbean.

Sonja Stephenson Watson is director of the Women’s and Gender reviews application and affiliate professor of Spanish on the college of Texas at Arlington.

A quantity within the sequence Latin American and Caribbean Arts and tradition, funded via the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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