New Books Network

Matthew Pettway, “Cuban Literature in the Age of Black Insurrection: Manzano, Plácido, and Afro-Latino Religion” (UP of Mississippi, 2019)
Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Plácido) were perhaps the most important and innovative Cuban writers of African descent during the Spanish colonial era. Both nineteenth-century authors used Catholicism as a symbolic language for African-inspired spirituality. Likewise, Plácido and Manzano subverted the popular imagery of neoclassicism and... Read More
A. de la Fuente and A. J. Gross, “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
How did Africans become ‘blacks’ in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020) tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones.... Read More
Alejandra Bronfman, “Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean” (UNC Press, 2016)
The Caribbean has figuratively and literally been entangled in processes of global integration earlier than other parts of the Americas. In Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016), Alejandra Bronfman offers a refreshing perspective to this well-trodden story. In this book, she traces the emergence and growth... Read More
Aaron Kamugisha, “Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Aaron Kamugisha reads CLR James and Sylvia Wynter to glean from them ways to navigate the “beyond” of coloniality. In his new book Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019), reminds us of a Caribbean radical tradition that is fiercely critical of racism, middle-class... Read More
Robert C. McGreevey, “Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration” (Cornell UP, 2018)
In Borderline Citizens: The United States, Puerto Rico, and the Politics of Colonial Migration (Cornell University Press 2018), Robert C. McGreevey explores the contested meaning and limits of citizenship for Puerto Ricans from the late nineteenth century to the late 1930s. This timely monograph brings together legal, cultural, and labour... Read More
Cristina Soriano, “Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela” (UNM Press, 2018)
In Tides of Revolution: Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela  (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), Cristina Soriano examines the links between the spread of radical ideas, literacy, and the circulation of information in a society without a printing press. In doing so, Soriano shows the ways... Read More
Tanya Harmer, “Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America” (UNC Press, 2020)
Tanya Harmer’s new biography, Beatriz Allende: A Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), explores how a young Chilean woman pursued her political commitments and navigated patriarchal strictures as a militant leftist. The daughter of Salvador Allende, Beatriz Allende was born in 1942 and... Read More
Monique A. Bedasse, “Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization” (UNC Press, 2017)
Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization (UNC Press, 2017), examines Rastafarian repatriation to Tanzania in the 1970s and 1980s. In doing so, Monique A. Bedasse situates Rastafarianism’s connection to black radical politics and internationalism within Tanzania, the site for pan-African solidarity in independent Africa after... Read More
Manuel Barcia, “The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade” (Yale UP, 2020)
As we now know, epidemics and pandemics are not new phenomena. In her new book The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the 19th-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale University Press, 2020), Manuel Barcia offers a striking rendition of the diseases that swept through the illegal slave trade Atlantic World. In... Read More