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Nenadovic, Ana (2021) 'Moving Spirits, Shifting Bodies, Connecting Africa and the Caribbean.' In: Englert, Birgit, Gföllner, Barbara and Thomsen, Sigrid, (eds.), Human, Intellectual and Cultural Mobilities between Africa and the Caribbean – from the Late 19th Century to the Present. London: Routledge, pp. 133-155. (Routledge African Diaspora Literary and Cultural Studies)

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Abstract

In recent novels from Nigeria and the Hispanophone Caribbean, spirits have assumed prominent roles. They pass from their own world to the human world; they move between Africa and the Caribbean; they inhibit people and change their perceptions, personalities, and bodies. This contribution aims to compare recent Nigerian and Hispanophone Caribbean novels in order to demonstrate how spirits are employed as personifications of the tight connections between Africa and the Caribbean. The corpus is made up of four novels: Helen Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House (2007), Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater (2018), Wendy Guerra’s Negra (2013), and Rita Indiana’s La mucama de Omicunlé (2015). In these novels, spirits are intrinsically related to temporal, spatial, and corporeal mobilities. They personify the passages from Africa to the Caribbean and back; through them, the characters are enabled to feel the connections between these two regions and to move beyond borders of time, space, and bodies.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
ISBN: 9780367708313
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Englert, Birgit, Gföllner, Barbara and Thomsen, Sigrid, (eds.), Human, Intellectual and Cultural Mobilities between Africa and the Caribbean – from the Late 19th Century to the Present. London: Routledge, 2021 pp. 133-155 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003152248-7 Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003152248-7
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 18:26
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36872

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