Africans in Europe The Culture of Exile and Emigration from Equatorial Guinea to Spain

by Michael Ugarte

Part of the Studies of World Migrations Series

Africans in Europe The Culture of Exile and Emigration from Equatorial Guinea to Spain Synopsis

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Africans in Europe The Culture of Exile and Emigration from Equatorial Guinea to Spain Press Reviews

Ugarte's refined prose, playful ideas, and timely and pertinent subject matter highlight the value of Equatorial Guinean emixile writers for understanding global migrations and cultural cross-fertilization. --Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies A thorough examination of the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and its complex political, cultural, and literary history. Africans in Europe makes a definitive contribution to the burgeoning field of Afro-Spanish studies and the literature of Equatorial Guinea. --Silvia Bermudez, author of La esfinge de la escritura: la poesia etica de Blanca Varela

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252035036
Publication date: 21st January 2010
Author: Michael Ugarte
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: African history, Migration, immigration & emigration,

About Michael Ugarte

Michael Ugarte is Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Missouri. His publications include Madrid 1900: The Capital as Cradle of Culture and Shifting Ground: Spanish Civil War Exile Literature.

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