Research in African Literatures (Zeitschriftenheft)

Special Issue: Migratory Movements and Diasporic Positionings in Contemporary Hispano- and Catalano-African Literatures

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Julia BorstJuliane Tauchnitz

November 2017
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Thematik nach Sprachen
Katalanisch, Spanisch
Literaturwissenschaft, Medien-/Kulturwissenschaft
Maghreb, Migration, Diaspora, Theatre, Spain, Hispano-African Literature, Catalano-African Literature, Hispano-African Culture, Transcultural Movements, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Black Studies, Contemporary Novel, Ahmed Ararou, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, Joaquín Mbomío Bacheng, Najat El Hachmi, Mohamed Bouissef Rekab, César A. Mba Abogo, Montserrat Abumalham, Ahmed Daoudi


Migratory movements and questions of both forced and voluntary mobilities and immobilities of individuals and communities seem to dominate recent global political, juridical, sociological and cultural debates. These phenomena are considered to be a specific signum of the present age. At the same time, the accentuation of their contemporaneity tends to disguise awareness of migratory movements being as old as humanity itself. This special issue of Research in African Literatures focuses on these matters through the lens of perspectives articulated by Hispano-and Catalano-African authors in their writings. These reflections, however, cannot be reduced to mere illustrations of the discourse on migration(s) of and within a lived reality but have to be acknowledged as complementing those positions as much as they challenge or even destabilize predominant paradigms.
To bring together literary texts written by authors of African origin in Spanish or Catalan under this particular emphasis might, on first sight, seem to be a pretentious, new hegemonic and generalizing classification of pluralistic literary creations and situations. As a matter of course, the diverse historical, sociocultural and (geo)political contexts are explicitly taken into account when raising the question of how these texts deal with the mentioned phenomena. Notwithstanding, migratory movements, diasporic constructions and transcultural subject positions represent pre-eminent topics that emerge in many of these works—even though they originate from very different contexts that range from Equatorial Guinea and other (not officially Spanish-speaking) West African countries to the North African Maghreb. For this reason, transcending geographical, cultural and linguistic delimitations in studying these literatures may offer revealing insights into both the literary texts and the underlying theoretical concepts.




Juliane Tauchnitz, Julia Borst:
“Migratory Movements and Diasporic Positionings in Contemporary Hispanoand Catalano-African Literatures: Introductory Reflections,” pp. vii-ix

Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, Julia Borst:
“Ser escritor negro en España: Ensayo,” pp. x-xix

Ahmed Ararou, Juliane Tauchnitz:
“Textofagia: Cuento,” pp. xx-xxviii


Dorothy Odartey-Wellington:
“Walls, Borders, and Fences in Hispano Saharawi Creative Expression,” pp. 1-17

N. Michelle Murray:
“Migration and Genealogies of Rupture in the Work of Najat El Hachmi,” pp. 18-32

Julia Borst:
“To Be Black in a ‘White’ Country”—On the Ambivalence of the Diasporic Experience in César A. Mba Abogo’s: El porteador de Marlow. Canción negra sin color (2007)," pp. 33-54

Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger:
“Migration versus Stagnation in Equatorial Guinea: The Sea as the Promise of Modernity,” pp. 55-71

Juliane Tauchnitz:
“The Challenge of the Strait: From the Migratory Drama in the Mediterranean to the Hispano-Maghrebian Dramatic Text,” pp. 72-86

Joanna Boampong:
“Of Journeys, Returns, and Transnational Subject Formations: Reflections on the Homeland/Hostland Dialectic in Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo’s Novels,” pp. 87-97

Mahan L. Ellison:
Un reino tan lejano: Yudis, Shahrazad, and the Imaginary Space in the Contemporary Hispano-Moroccan Novel,” pp. 98-115

Núria Codina:
“The Work of Najat El Hachmi in the Context of Spanish-Moroccan Literature,” pp. 116-130

Isabel Francisco:
“Against the Silence: Multiperspectivity and the Migration Phenomenon in El Motín del silencio by Mohamed Bouissef Rekab,” pp. 131-145


Julia Borst, Joaquín Mbomío Bacheng:
“Migratory Movements in Life Stories and Literary Writing: A Conversation with Joaquín Mbomío Bacheng on Equatoguinean Literature and Afro-Diasporic Communities in Europe,” pp. 146-153

Memorial Tribute

Ruthmarie H. Mitsch:
“Abiola Irele,” pp. 154-157


Special Issue of “Research in African Literatures”

Ersteller des Eintrags
Juliane Tauchnitz
Freitag, 01. Dezember 2017, 10:24 Uhr
Letzte Änderung
Samstag, 02. Dezember 2017, 20:14 Uhr