Sounding the Break
: African American and Caribbean Routes of World Literature
The idea of "world literature" has served as a crucial though underappreciated interlocutor for African diasporic writers, informing their involvement in processes of circulation, translation, and revision that have been identified as the hallmarks of the contemporary era of world literature. Yet in spite of their participation in world systems before and after European hegemony, Africa and the African diaspora have been excluded from the networks and archives of world literature. In Sounding the Break
, Jason Frydman attempts to redress this exclusion by drawing on historiography, ethnography, and archival sources to show how writers have complicated both Eurocentric and Afrocentric categories of literary and cultural production.