1. INTRODUCTION. 2. EMBARKATIONS AND DISEMBARKATIONS: THE VOICES OF THE ORISHAS IN THE AMERICAS. 3. YEMANJA AND OSHUN: AFRICAN GODDESSES IN DIALOGUE WITH THE AMERICAS. 4. MEMORY AND (RE)MEMORY IN WORKS OF BLACK WOMEN WRITERS. 5. MAPPING THE DIVINE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. 6. GODDESSES: MEDIUMS OF WORLDS. 7. GRIOTS: GUARDIANS OF UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE. 8. NEGOTIATING GENDER AND MATERNITY UNDER THE YOKE OF SLAVERY. 9. MANIFESTATIONS OF SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY: A LITERARY PERSPECTIVE. 10. CONCLUSIONS.
Tonia Leigh Wind completed her PhD at the University of Georgia, USA and is currently a Teaching Associate of Portuguese at the University of Nottingham in the UK.
"Black Women's Literature of the Americas: Griots and Goddesses is thoroughly researched, logical in argument progression, and deeply engaging and persuasive in its clear narrative. The larger argument of the book is instructive: it prioritizes historical and literary texts from Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States to develop a comparative study of how the discussed "griots" and "goddesses" strategy of negotiation of issues of identity and belonging through paradigms of (re)memory and the Sacred. This is a book of lasting value and relevance to those interested in transmission of African women throughout the Americas, particularly to future generations of women of African descent."Ibigbolade Simon Aderibigbe, PhD, University of Georgia"Tonia Leigh Wind fulfills through her cultural studies, specifically on the perspective of gender, a great contribution to academic studies that highlight this critical and analytical analysis in order to unveil frameworks that give way to a current discussion with regard to topics relating to power and the validation of discourses." Dr. Iedo de Oliveira Paes, Federal Rural University of Pernambuco "Griots and Goddesses is an important contribution to deeper understandings of Black women's voices in historical and literary texts and spiritual practice from the Spanish speaking Caribbean, Brazil and the U.S. It is a timely exploration of Black women's engagements with the Sacred as contestation and creations of community as sites of empowerment for students, scholars and interested readers alike."Dr. Lesley Feracho, University of Georgia"With rare humility and extreme technical competence, Tonia Wind listens to the voices dispersed over hundreds of years and by millions of individuals to weave the conclusion of a female narrative, in which griots, orishas, and writers are medium between worlds to sustain survival and rebirth of the African soul in the Americas."Dr. Nilma Goncalves Lacerda, Fluminense Federal University"At a moment when historical racial injustice and social and economic inequalities have, once again, been blatantly exposed, Wind's book powerfully reveals representations of diasporic enslaved Black women across the Americas, whose spirituality is not only a cry for liberation but a vigorous instrument of collective resistance."Dr. Nuria Vilanova, American University