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By Wendy Walters

Although he by no means lived in Harlem, Chester Himes commented that he skilled “a kind of natural homesickness” whereas developing the Harlem-set detective novels from his self-imposed exile in Paris. via writing, Himes built an imaginary domestic proficient either via nostalgia for a neighborhood he by no means knew and a critique of the racism he left in the back of within the usa. part a century later, Michelle Cliff wrote approximately her local Jamaica from the us, articulating a favorable Caribbean feminism that while stated Jamaica’s homophobia and colour prejudice. 

In At domestic in Diaspora, Wendy Walters investigates the paintings of Himes, Cliff, and 3 different twentieth-century black foreign writers—Caryl Phillips, Simon Njami, and Richard Wright—who have lived in and written from nations they don't name domestic. not like different authors in exile, these of the African diaspora are doubly displaced, first through the discrimination they confronted at domestic and back through their lifestyles overseas. all through, Walters means that within the absence of a recoverable land of beginning, the belief of diaspora involves symbolize a house that's not singular or exclusionary. during this method, writing in exile is way greater than a literary functionality; it's a profound political act. 

Wendy W. Walters is assistant professor of literature at Emerson College.

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