Moving Home

Gender, Place, and Travel Writing in the Early Black Atlantic

Moving Home

Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies

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Book Pages: 288 Illustrations: 10 illustrations Published: October 2021

Author: Sandra Gunning

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Caribbean Studies, Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

In Moving Home, Sandra Gunning examines nineteenth-century African diasporic travel writing to expand and complicate understandings of the Black Atlantic. Gunning draws on the writing of missionaries, abolitionists, entrepreneurs, and explorers whose work challenges the assumptions that travel writing is primarily associated with leisure or scientific research. For instance, Yoruba ex-slave turned Anglican bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther played a role in the Christianization of colonial Nigeria. Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a formerly enslaved girl gifted to Queen Victoria, traveled the African colonies as the wife of a prominent colonial figure and at the protection of her benefactress. Alongside Nancy Gardiner Prince, Martin R. Delany, Robert Campbell, and others, these writers used their mobility as African diasporic and colonial subjects to explore the Atlantic world and beyond while they negotiated the complex intersections between nation and empire. Rather than categorizing them as merely precursors of Pan-Africanist traditions, Gunning traces their successes and frustrations to capture a sense of the historical and geographical specificities that shaped their careers.



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Sandra Gunning is Professor of American Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the author of Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality, and African Diasporas and Rape, Race, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890–1912.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1455-3 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1362-4