Winner of the 2013 Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature
“Difficult Diasporas charts a dazzlingly fecund constellation of black feminist literature by Anglophone writers from the US, the UK, the Caribbean, and Africa. Pinto reads an archive of ‘stray companions,’ a disparate array of writers linked less by influence, lineage, or geography than an adamant contention that the only literature adequate to the historical dislocation of diaspora is a literature that is formally dislocated—a literature of radical experimentation, even opacity and disorder. Poised at the crossroads between literary innovation and transnational culture, Difficult Diasporas will be known as a model of what it means to read for a feminist poetics of diaspora.”
—Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora
"In Difficult Diasporas, Pinto shows how we might approach some of these texts as readers and literary critics and, ultimately, why we need to risk teaching them...An ambitious project."
“There are lessons to be learned from this study.”
—The Journal of African American History
“By illustrating carefully the core contradictions of diaspora that fail to address problems of representation and nonnormative experiences for black women adequately and critically, Pinto provides an important and necessary venue to place gender at the center of aesthetic and formal representations of diaspora.”
—Contemporary Women's Writing
“The central idea of Samantha Pinto’s Difficult Diasporas is simple – in a good way – and worthy of pursuit.”
“In its richness of content and advancement of the fields of African diaspora and feminist studies, Difficult Diasporas proves that such risks can yield…groundbreaking scholarship.”
—Gender, Place, & Culture
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