Title page for ETD etd-11062004-213102

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Harris, Anita Louise
Author's Email Address alharri@lsu.edu
URN etd-11062004-213102
Title Pan African Narratives: Sites of Resistance in the Black Diaspora
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John Lowe Committee Chair
Femi Euba Committee Member
Helen Regis Committee Member
Miles Richardson Committee Member
Nkashama Ngandu Dean's Representative
  • orisha
  • pan african
  • black film
  • return migration
  • slave narrative
  • african diaspora
Date of Defense 2004-10-27
Availability unrestricted
Africa as a point of reference for Africans dispersed from her shores and their descendants in the Diaspora has perpetuated discourse of longing and ambivalence. For centuries these various sentiments have emerged in Black literary expressions. The quest of this study is to advance Black narrative tradition by proposing a theoretical framework informed by these constructs and predicaments to establish a genre of literature referred to here as Pan African narratives. This work looks at Black response to the dilemma of dispersal and dislocation in the Diaspora from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. More specifically, it examines the emergence of a literary genre at the juncture of the African diaspora and Pan African paradigms. Building on the legacy of slave and migration narratives, Pan African narratives reveal manifestations of Black solidarity and resistance to oppressive forces.
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