Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean by Michelle Ann Stephens

By Michelle Ann Stephens

In Black Empire, Michelle Ann Stephens examines the appropriate of “transnational blackness” that emerged within the paintings of radical black intellectuals from the British West Indies within the early 20th century. concentrating on the writings of Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, and C. L. R. James, Stephens exhibits how those thinkers built rules of a global racial circulate and federated international black political neighborhood that transcended the limits of realms. Stephens highlights key geopolitical and historic occasions that gave upward thrust to those writers’ highbrow funding in new modes of black political self-determination. She describes their engagement with the destiny of African americans in the burgeoning U.S. empire, their disillusionment with the possibility of post–World battle I overseas enterprises equivalent to the League of countries to recognize, not to mention increase, the fabric stipulations of individuals of colour worldwide, and the foundation they took from the Bolshevik Revolution, which provided versions of revolution and group no longer in keeping with nationality.

Stephens argues that the worldwide black political cognizance she identifies used to be constituted by means of either radical and reactionary impulses. at the one hand, Garvey, McKay, and James observed freedom of flow because the foundation of black transnationalism. The Caribbean archipelago—a geographic house supreme to the unfastened move of black matters throughout nationwide boundaries—became the metaphoric center in their imaginative and prescient. nevertheless, those 3 writers have been deeply inspired by means of the information of militarism, empire, and male sovereignty that formed international political discourse within the early 20th century. As such, their imaginative and prescient of transnational blackness excluded women’s political subjectivities. Drawing jointly insights from American, African American, Caribbean, and gender stories, Black Empire is a big contribution to ongoing conversations approximately country and diaspora.

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Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914–1962 (New Americanists)

In Black Empire, Michelle Ann Stephens examines the right of “transnational blackness” that emerged within the paintings of radical black intellectuals from the British West Indies within the early 20th century. concentrating on the writings of Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, and C. L. R. James, Stephens indicates how those thinkers constructed rules of a global racial move and federated international black political group that transcended the bounds of geographical regions.

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