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Cultural identity and diaspora.

This frequently anthologized essay addresses the multiple components of Black identity in the diaspora and the impossibility of retrieving Africa as the sole source of one's being. It emphasizes the role of cinema and the arts not only in representing Black subjectivity, but also in shaping it. Though the African legacy is part of the identity of West Indians and Blacks in the diaspora, it is not a fixed entity that can be recovered once and for all. In the Caribbean, African roots, European colonialism, and American New World presences combine and interact, constituting a complex, postcolonial, diasporic subjectivity.

(Translated by Ferial Ghazoul)
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Author:Hall, Stuart; Ghazoul, Ferial
Publication:Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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