Book Excerpt from Mo Yan Speaks

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, whose name literally means “don’t speak,” is renowned for his fiction, which includes The Garlic Ballads; Red Sorghum; Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh; Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out; The Republic of Wine; and Big Breasts and Wide Hips (all translated into English by Professor Howard Goldblatt). Mo Yan’s fiction has captivated a global audience… Continue reading Book Excerpt from Mo Yan Speaks

Book Excerpt from Ensuring National Government Stability After US Counterinsurgency Operations by Dallas Shaw

With the current situation in Afghanistan, the book, Ensuring National Government Stability After US Counterinsurgency Operations: The Critical Measure of Success, by retired Marine Dr. Dallas Shaw is a timely must-read.

Excerpt from Negotiating the New START Treaty by Rose Gottemoeller

On Anatoly Antonov, her Russian counterpart in negotiating the treaty, Rose Gottemoller reveals: We had a wary mutual respect. That mutual respect was almost upended, though, by the "tough-girl negotiator" incident. After the April meeting of the presidents, we were driving a hard pace to complete the new treaty. As we entered June and were… Continue reading Excerpt from Negotiating the New START Treaty by Rose Gottemoeller

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 12: Picturing Homes and Border Crossings: The Slavery Trope in Films of the Black Atlantic

Official trailer from Daughters of Dust In the twelfth and final chapter of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images, Awam Amkpa and Gunja SenGupta examine three films—Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (United States, 1991), Euzhan Palcy’s Rue Cases-Nègres (Martinique, 1983), and Ousmane Sembène’s Ceddo (Senegal, 1977)—to examine the representation of… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 12: Picturing Homes and Border Crossings: The Slavery Trope in Films of the Black Atlantic

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 11: Slaves Supplicant and Slaves Triumphant: The Middle Passage of an Abolitionist Icon

Toussaint L'Ouverture In the eleventh chapter of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade:Interactions, Identities, and Images, Jeffrey R. Kerr-Richie examines a transition in the visual representation of the slave from the beseeching captive to the grateful ex-slave and argues that the popular visual image of slave supplication was crucial in constructing the metaphorical image of… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 11: Slaves Supplicant and Slaves Triumphant: The Middle Passage of an Abolitionist Icon

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 10: Hidden Beneath the Surface: Atlantic Slavery in Winslow Homer’s Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream (1899) by Winslow Homer In Chapter 10 of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images, Peter H. Wood examines North American artist Winslow Homer’s famous 1899 painting, The Gulf Stream. Homer’s masterpiece is set in the Atlantic between Cuba and North America, with a distant ship and an ominous… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 10: Hidden Beneath the Surface: Atlantic Slavery in Winslow Homer’s Gulf Stream

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 9: Women Merchants and Slave Depots: Saint-Louis, Senegal, and St. Mary’s, Madagascar

A depiction of a Senegalese signare by Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur In the ninth chapter of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images, Wendy Wilson-Fall examines eighteenth-century Afro-Creole women traders, a subject neglected by scholars. Known as in-betweens, collaborators, and sometimes symbols of Westernization, creolization, and amalgamation in West African and Indian… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 9: Women Merchants and Slave Depots: Saint-Louis, Senegal, and St. Mary’s, Madagascar

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 8: Transatlantic Links: The Benguela-Bahia Connections, 1700–1850 (Excerpts)

A representation of plantation life in Brazil In the eighth chapter of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images, Mariana P. Candido sheds light on the commercial and human exchanges between the Brazilian slave port of Salvador in Bahia and Benguela, in West Central Africa. Whereas many scholars privilege connections between Bahia… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 8: Transatlantic Links: The Benguela-Bahia Connections, 1700–1850 (Excerpts)

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 7: Between Memory, Myth, and History, Transatlantic Voyagers of the Casa Branca Temple (Excerpts)

A group of practitioners photographed in 1902 In the seventh chapter of Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images, Lisa Earl Castillo looks at the lives of African freedmen critical to the early days of the Casa Branca, one of the oldest Afro-Brazilian temples in the city of Salvador, Bahia. In connecting… Continue reading Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 7: Between Memory, Myth, and History, Transatlantic Voyagers of the Casa Branca Temple (Excerpts)

Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Chapter 6: Common Bedfellows? Brazilian Antislavery and Anti–Capital Punishment Efforts in Comparative Perspective (Excerpts)

Despite the general concern with slavery suppression issues among northern black activists, only James Pennington became actively involved in the question of what would happen to Africans rescued from American-intercepted slavers.