The Global South Atlantic

9780823277872: Hardback
Release Date: 28th November 2017

9780823277889: Paperback
Release Date: 28th November 2017

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 336

Fordham University Press

The Global South Atlantic

Hardback / £103.00
Paperback / £27.99

Not only were more African slaves transported to South America than to North, but overlapping imperialisms and shared resistance to them have linked Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean for over five centuries. Yet despite the rise in transatlantic, oceanic, hemispheric, and regional studies, and even the growing interest in South-South connections, the South Atlantic has not yet emerged as a site that captures the attention it deserves.

The Global South Atlantic traces literary exchanges and interlaced networks of communication and investment—financial, political, socio-cultural, libidinal—across and around the southern ocean. Bringing together scholars working in a range of languages, from Spanish to Arabic, the book shows the range of ways people, governments, political movements, social imaginaries, cultural artefacts, goods, and markets cross the South Atlantic, or sometimes fail to cross.

As a region made up of multiple intersecting regions, and as a vision made up of complementary and competing visions, the South Atlantic can only be understood comparatively. Exploring the Atlantic as an effect of structures of power and knowledge that issue from the Global South as much as from Europe and North America, The Global South Atlantic helps to rebalance global literary studies by making visible a multi-textured South Atlantic system that is neither singular nor stable.


“The Sea of International Politics”: Fluidity, Solvency, and Drift in the Global South Atlantic
Joseph R. Slaughter and Kerry Bystrom

Part I: South Atlantic Imperial Geographies

Chapter One
The African Slave Trade and the Construction of the Iberian Atlantic
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

Chapter Two
A World Girded: San Simonian Space and Race in the Nineteenth-Century Latin Transatlantic
Jaime Hanneken

Chapter Three
Scheherazade in Chains: Arab-Islamic Genealogies of African Diasporic Literature
Jason Frydman

Chapter Four
Southern By Degrees: Islands and Empires in the South Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Sub-Antarctic World
Isabel Hofmeyr

Part II: South Atlantic Cold War Modernities

Chapter Five
Beyond the Color Curtain: The Metonymic Color Politics of the Tricontinental and the (New) Global South
Anne-Garland Mahler

Chapter Six
South Africa, Chile and the Cold War: Reading the South Atlantic in Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples
Kerry Bystrom

Chapter Seven
Islands in Distress: Making Sense of the Malvinas/Falklands War
Oscar Hemer

Chapter Eight
Orientalism and the Narration of Violence in the Mediterranean Atlantic: Gabriel García Marques and Elias Khoury
Christina E. Civantos

Chapter Nine
Marvelous Autocrats: Disrupted Realisms in the Dictator-Novel of the South Atlantic
Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Part III: Global South Atlantic Futures

Chapter Ten
Postwar Politics in O Heroi and Kangamba
Lanie Millar

Chapter Eleven
Adrift between Neo-liberalism and the Revolution: Cape Verde and the South Atlantic in Germano Almeida’s Eva
Luís Madureira

Chapter Twelve
A Sweet Sweet Tale of Terror: Rita Indiana Hernandez Writes the Dominican Republic into the Global South Atlantic
Maja Horn

Chapter Thirteen
Carioca Orientalism: Morocco in the Imaginary of a Brazilian Telenovela
Waïl Hassan

Author’s Bios

Kerry Bystrom (Edited By)
Kerry Bystrom is Associate Professor of English and Human Rights and Associate Dean of the College at Bard College Berlin.
Joseph R. Slaughter (Edited By)
Joseph R. Slaughter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and President of the American Comparative Literature Association.

“The Global South Atlantic is a critically important contribution to current debates and discussions toward remapping the cultural and political geographies of global literary and media production. Specifically, one could mention the changed and changing valences of terms like ‘Third World,’ the waning disciplinary and curricular influence of ‘postcolonial,’ and the disputations around questions of globalization, the undecidabilty of the parameters of the ‘global South’ and the continuing impact of Paul Gilroy’s idea of the ‘black Atlantic.’ . . . The argument that underwrites the project of the ‘global South Atlantic’ is at once incisive in its recapitulation of recent intellectual history and even prescient in its anticipation of new directions in area/cultural/regional/international studies across myriad disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.”

—Barbara Harlow
University of Texas at Austin