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The Black Pacific Narrative
Geographic Imaginings of Race and Empire between the World Wars
Etsuko Taketani



Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

Dartmouth
2014 • 272 pp. 10 illus. 6 x 9"
African-American Studies / Literary Criticism - African American / Discrimination & Race

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-613-5
$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-614-2

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"As U.S. power stretched across the Pacific, so followed many black Americans. Taketani examines the new vision of a “black Pacific” that emerged from this cross-pollination of cultures.” 
Library Journal

A literary and cultural geography of the black Pacific

The Black Pacific Narrative: Geographic Imaginings of Race and Empire between the World Wars chronicles the profound shift in geographic imaginings that occurred in African American culture as the United States evolved into a bioceanic global power. The author examines the narrative of the “black Pacific” the literary and cultural production of African American narratives in the face of America’s efforts to internationalize the Pacific and to institute a “Pacific Community,” reflecting a vision of a hemispheric regional order initiated and led by the United States. The black Pacific was imagined in counterpoint to this regional order in the making, which would ultimately be challenged by the Pacific War. The principal subjects of study include such literary and cultural figures as James Weldon Johnson, George S. Schuyler, artists of the black Federal Theatre Project, Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Walter White, all of whom afford significant points of entry to a critical understanding of the stakes of the black Pacific narrative. Adopting an approach that mixes the archival and the interpretive, the author seeks to recover the black Pacific produced by African American narratives, narratives that were significant enough in their time to warrant surveillance and suspicion, and hence are significant enough in our time to warrant scholarly attention and reappraisal.

A compelling study that will appeal to a broad, international audience of students and scholars of American studies, African American studies, American literature, and imperialism and colonialism.

Here's an interview with the author at Process , the blog of the Journal of American History.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"As U.S. power stretched across the Pacific, so followed many black Americans. Taketani examines the new vision of a “black Pacific” that emerged from this cross-pollination of cultures.” 
Library Journal

"The Black Pacific Narrative offers a solid and convincing contribution to the attempt to reread the Harlem Renaissance as a global black phenomenon. Taketani’s idea of bringing the Pacific into the discourse on “imagined communities” for global black interconnectedness deserves special attention and offers a solid foundation for further studies." —Journal of American History

“[An] original and meticulous take on our understanding of the geopolitics of the first half of the twentieth century. [Taketani] compels us to think of new cartographies, while substantiating ways in which to perceive how those very cartographies are embedded in the imposition and contestation of imperial cultural dominance.” —American Literature



ETSUKO TAKETANI is a professor of American literature at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. She is the author of U.S. Women Writers and the Discourses of Colonialism, 1825–1861.



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