Creating Memorials, Building Identities
The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
This incisive book investigates memorials to slavery throughout the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Europe. It analyzes not only the increasing number of physical monuments but also the practice of remembering—and forgetting—in museums and plantation houses as well as in contemporary cultural forms like the visual arts, literature, music, and film. A series of case studies ranging from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, from Senegal and Montserrat to Manchester and Paris, explores issues such as the Lancashire cotton famine, black soldiers in World War II, and the 2007 commemoration of abolition in regional museums.
“An insightful and often moving critical response to the diaspora-wide search for memorials that conserve memory without being conservative.”
“Rice’s book combines breadth of learning, enthusiastic engaged scholarship, and commitment to freedom and equality.”