Art, Creativity, and Politics in Africa and the Diaspora

  • Abimbola Adelakun
  • Toyin Falola

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Abimbola Adelakun, Toyin Falola
    Pages 1-13
  3. Lucy Bartholomee
    Pages 197-215
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 299-335

About this book


This book explores the politics of artistic creativity, examining how black artists in Africa and the diaspora create art as a procedure of self-making. Essays cross continents to uncover the efflorescence of black culture in national and global contexts and in literature, film, performance, music, and visual art. Contributors place the concerns of black artists and their works within national and transnational conversations on anti-black racism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, migration, resettlement, resistance, and transnational feminisms. Does art by the subaltern fulfill the liberatory potential that critics have ascribed to it? What other possibilities does political art offer? Together, these essays sort through the aesthetics of daily life to build a thesis that reflects the desire of black artists and cultures to remake themselves and their world.


political aesthetics black artists black culture African heritage Black Atlantic anti-black racism xenophobia ethnocentrism black cultures in Africa African Diaspora Nigerian Film Industry African writers African Art

Editors and affiliations

  • Abimbola Adelakun
    • 1
  • Toyin Falola
    • 2
  1. 1.African and Africana Studies ProgramUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91309-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91310-0
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