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A Stranger In The Village: Two Centuries Of African-American Travel Writing by Farah J. Griffin and Cheryl J. Fish (editors). Boston. 1998. Beacon Press. hardcover. 366 pages.  Jacket design by Sara Eisenman. Jacket photo: Bessie Coleman, first African-American female aviator. 080707120x.

080707120xFROM THE PUBLISHER -

   James Baldwin in Paris, Audre Lorde in the Soviet Union, Langston Hughes in Mexico, Martin Delany in Nigeria, June Jordan in the Bahamans. While much of the black experience in America has been characterized by movement, most attention has been focused on the forced migration of the slave trade and the great migration from the South to northern cities. But there is a rich tradition of writing by African-Americans who have traveled abroad in search of new opportunities, political insight pleasure, and adventure. From sailors to missionaries to leaders of nationalist movement, this unique collection documents a tradition of African-American travel writing throughout two centuries. It includes a nineteenth-century sailor’s account of his amazing adventures to ‘the ends of the world’; a female ‘doctress’ on the Panamanian frontier; the observations of Claude McKay on a newly formed Soviet Union; and Ntozake Shange’s musings from Nicaragua on the power of Motown to overcome boundaries of language and custom. A rich, expansive collection, A STRANGER IN THE VILLAGE offers a new perspective on what it has meant to be a black American.

 

 

Griffin Farah J and Fish Cheryl J

 

Farah J. Griffin, author of WHO SET YOU FLOWIN’?, is assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cheryl J, Fish, author of several articles on women and African-American travelers, is assistant professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

 

 

 

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