Caucasia

A Novel

Caucasia

Look out for Danzy Senna's latest book, New People, on sale in August! Birdie and Cole are the daughters of a black father and a white mother, intellectuals and activists in the Civil Rights Movement in 1970s Boston. The sisters are so close that they speak their own language, yet Birdie, with her light skin and straight hair, is often mistaken for white, while Cole is dark enough to fit in with the other kids at school. Despite their differences, Cole is Birdie’s confidant, her protector, the mirror by which she understands herself. Then their parents’ marriage collapses. One night Birdie watches her father and his new girlfriend drive away with Cole. Soon Birdie and her mother are on the road as well, drifting across the country in search of a new home. But for Birdie, home will always be Cole. Haunted by the loss of her sister, she sets out a desperate search for the family that left her behind. The extraordinary national bestseller that launched Danzy Senna’s literary career, Caucasia is a modern classic, at once a powerful coming of age story and a groundbreaking work on identity and race in America.

Beyond the White Negro

Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading

Beyond the White Negro

Critics often characterize white consumption of African American culture as a form of theft that echoes the fantasies of 1950s-era bohemians, or "White Negroes," who romanticized black culture as anarchic and sexually potent. In Beyond the White Negro, Kimberly Chabot Davis claims such a view fails to describe the varied politics of racial crossover in the past fifteen years. Davis analyzes how white engagement with African American novels, film narratives, and hip-hop can help form anti-racist attitudes that may catalyze social change and racial justice. Though acknowledging past failures to establish cross-racial empathy, she focuses on examples that show avenues for future progress and change. Her study of ethnographic data from book clubs and college classrooms shows how engagement with African American culture and pedagogical support can lead to the kinds of white self-examination that make empathy possible. The result is a groundbreaking text that challenges the trend of focusing on society's failures in achieving cross-racial empathy and instead explores possible avenues for change.

From Caucasia, with Love

From Caucasia, with Love

Growing up amidst the power politics of 1970s America, Birdie and her older sister Cole are so close they speak their own language. Daughters of a white activist mother and a black academic father, Birdie appears white, Cole black, their relationship a refuge from the rest of their lives. Yet when their parents separate, Birdie and Cole are thrown worlds apart. But Birdie's desperate need to reclaim her family forces her back on to the road, where her search for her sister becomes, inevitably, a search for her self. 'Twists serious issues - race, politics, identity, social and familial responsibility - around the structure of a compelling storyline ...an intelligent, questioning book that sparks with ideas' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Writing African American Women: K-Z

Writing African American Women: K-Z


Freud Upside Down

African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture

Freud Upside Down

This thought-provoking cultural history explores how psychoanalytic theories shaped the works of important African American literary figures. Badia Sahar Ahad details how Nella Larsen, Richard Wright, Jean Toomer, Ralph Ellison, Adrienne Kennedy, and Danzy Senna employed psychoanalytic terms and conceptual models to challenge notions of race and racism in twentieth-century America. Freud Upside Down explores the relationship between these authors and intellectuals and the psychoanalytic movement emerging in the United States over the course of the twentieth century. Examining how psychoanalysis has functioned as a cultural phenomenon within African American literary intellectual communities since the 1920s, Ahad lays out the historiography of the intersections between African American literature and psychoanalysis and considers the creative approaches of African American writers to psychological thought in their work and their personal lives.

Caucasia between the Ottoman empire and Iran, 1555-1914

Caucasia between the Ottoman empire and Iran, 1555-1914

Bedingt durch den Zerfall der Sowjetunion und die anschliessende Grundung neuer Nationalstaaten erlebte die Beschaftigung mit Kaukasien in den letzten Jahren in Deutschland, Frankreich, Grossbritannien und den USA nach vielen Jahrzehnten einen kraftigen Aufschwung. Im Mittelpunkt des wissenschaftlichen Interesses standen dabei besonders die Konfliktlagen im Kaukasien der Gegenwart und deren Vorgeschichte. Beinahe zwangslaufig ergab sich daraus eine Konzentration auf die Rolle des Reiches im Norden bei der Genese regionaler Konflikte sowie bei der Herausbildung ethnischer und nationaler Identitaten und bei der Modernisierung des Landes. Bisher wurde dabei jedoch zuwenig berucksichtigt, dass dieselbe Region schon uber sehr viel langere Zeitraume hinweg an der Peripherie der antiken Grossreiche in Kleinasien und dem iranischen Hochland gelegen war. In diesem Raum standen sich in ost-westlicher Richtung der sassanidische Iran und das Romische Reich gegenuber und rangen jahrhundertelang um Hegemonie. Spater galt dies in ahnlicher Weise fur Byzanz und das muslimische Kalifat. Mit der Entstehung des Osmanischen Reiches und dem Aufstieg der Safawiden blieb dieser geographische Raum bis in die Neuzeit hinein durch den politischen Gegensatz zweier Reiche bestimmt, die auch in konfessioneller Hinsicht die Vorherrschaft uber die kaukasischen Regionen anstrebten. Im vorliegenden Band kommen ausgewiesene Spezialisten zu Wort, die sich erfolgreich bemuhen, dieser historischen Sachlage gerecht zu werden.

Crossing Lines

Race and Mixed Race Across Geohistorical Divide

Crossing Lines

Crossing Lines addresses the issues of race and mixed race at the turn of the 21st century. Representing multiple academic disciplines, the volume invites readers to consider the many ways that identity, community, and collectivity are formed, while addressing the challenges that multiracial identity poses to our understanding of race and ethnicity.

You Are Free: Stories

You Are Free: Stories

From the bestselling author of Caucasia and New People, riveting, unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing. Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise between a biracial couple when their son is admitted to the private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and discovers how each of them pities-and envies- the other. A young woman responds to an adoptee in search of her birth mother, knowing it is not she.