Black Notes on Asia: Composite Figurations of Asia in the African American Transcultural Imagination, 1923-2013

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Title: Black Notes on Asia: Composite Figurations of Asia in the African American Transcultural Imagination, 1923-2013
Author: Arimitsu, Michio
Citation: Arimitsu, Michio. 2014. Black Notes on Asia: Composite Figurations of Asia in the African American Transcultural Imagination, 1923-2013. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: Black Notes on Asia: Composite Figurations of Asia in the African American Transcultural Imagination, 1923-2013 sheds new light on the hitherto neglected engagements of African American writers and thinkers with various literary, cultural, and artistic traditions of Asia. Starting with a reevaluation of Lewis G. Alexander's transcultural remaking of haiku in 1923, this dissertation interrogates and revises the familiar interracial (read as "black-white") terms of the African American struggle for freedom and equality. While critics have long taken for granted these terms as the sine qua non of the African American literary imagination and practice, this dissertation demonstrates how authors like Alexander defied not only the implicit dichotomy of black-and-white but also the critical bias that represents African American literature as a nationally segregated tradition distinctly cut off from cultural sources beyond the border of the United States and made legible only within its narrowly racialized and racializing contexts.
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