Carole Boyce-Davies – Professor of Africana Studies and English

Carole Boyce Davies is professor of English and Africana Studies at Cornell University. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008).
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b1In LEFT OF KARL MARX Carole Boyce-Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915–1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist.
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51i5yPF5FJLTHE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA is the authoritative source for information on the people, places, and events of the African diaspora, spanning five continents and five centuries.
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b4The academy is perhaps the most colonized space. The essays in DECOLONIZING THE ACADEMY: AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES argue that African diaspora theory has the possibility of interrrupting the current colonizing process and re-engaging the decolonizing process at the level of the mind. Read more

b2This collection of essays in THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: AFRICAN ORIGINS AND NEW WORLD IDENTITIES contribute to the debate between those who believe that the African origin of blacks in western society is central to their identity and outlook and those who deny that proposition.
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b6MOVING BEYOND BOUNDARIES: BLACK WOMEN’S DIASPORAS is a major contribution to our understanding of under-represented literatures by expanding our knowledge about the issues, experiences, and concerns of black women writing in different communities and in a wide range of geographic contexts. Read more

b5BLACK WOMEN, WRITING AND IDENTITY is an exploration of a complex and fascinating set of interrelated issues, establishing the significance of such wide-ranging subjects as the re-mapping, re-naming and cultural crossings, and tourist ideologies and playful world travelling.
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Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zones

Drawing on both personal experience and critical theory, this book illuminates the dynamic complexity of Caribbean culture and traces its migratory patterns throughout the Americas. Read more


“Carole Boyce Davies has deftly used the personal to illuminate the universal. Her writing about her mother’s innate brilliance and sauciness, like her wonderful autobiographical pilgrimage from Trinidad to Upstate New York, proves, yet again, why she is so crucial to us as a cultural critic. I can’t think of a book that better combines the experiential with the theoretical, the political with the commonsensical, in prose that is lyrical, evocative, and lucid.”
–Kenneth A. McClane, W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Literature, Cornell University