Mapping the World Differently: African american travel writing about Spain
Mapping the World Differently examines the rich collection of travel writing about Spain by twentieth-century African American writers. Surveying the ways in which such authors as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Frank Yerby perceive Spain’s place in the world, this study explores how their works reveal the power of geographic imagination in shaping our perceptions of others around the globe. From the vantage point of Spain, these prominent African American writers create transformative literary maps of the world that invite readers to reconsider their relations to others as well as the significance of a globally positioned black identity. This book extends discussions of the role of travel and travel writing for critical self-reflection and highlights the value of African American travel writing about Spain, a place too often neglected in studies of African American travel.