This collection of essays provides an imaginative international perspective on ways to incorporate black British writing and culture in the study of English literature, and presents theoretically sophisticated and practical strategies for doing so. It offers a pedagogical, pragmatic and ideological introduction to the field for those without background, and an integrated body of current and stimulating essays for those who are already kwledgeable. Contributors to this volume include scholars and writers from Britain and the U.S. Following on recent developments in African American literature, postcolonial studies and race studies, the contributors invite readers to imagine an enhanced and inclusive British can through varied essays providing historical information, critical analysis, cultural perspective, and extensive antated bibliographies for further study.
Lauri Ramey is Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Professor of African American Literature and Culture and Creative Writing, at California State University, Los Angeles. R. Victoria Arana is Professor of English at Howard University.