Readership: For students and scholars of Classical studies, sociology, and historiography; as well as Africanist, African Americanist, Caribbean, and African diaspora scholars.
Edited by Daniel Orrells, Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick., Gurminder K. Bhambra, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick., and Tessa Roynon, Tutor in English, University of Oxford.
Daniel Orrells was educated at King's College, University of Cambridge. He is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick.
Gurminder K. Bhambra holds degrees from the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director
of the Social Theory Centre at the University of Warwick, and has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College, US. She won the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in sociology in 2008 for Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination.
Tessa Roynon teaches English and American literature at the University of Oxford. Her current research centres on the classical tradition in modern American fiction; additionally she is writing The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison. She studied English at Clare College, University of Cambridge, has an M.A. from Georgetown University, where she was a Fulbright
Scholar, and was awarded her PhD by the University of Warwick in 2007.
"African Athena evokes with a breath-taking scope of vision the different ways in which Black Athena has acted as a foundational text for those interested in teasing out the dynamics of cultural engagements between Europe and Africa in both antiquity and modernity. African Athena is a triumph and will serve as the starting point for research in the field for many years to come." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review
IntroductionDaniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, & Tessa Roynon.:
Part I: Myths and Historiographies, Ancient and Modern
1: Maghan Keita: Believing in Ethiopians
2: Patrice Rankine: Black Apolloa Martin Bernal's The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization Volume III and Why Race Still Matters?
3: Partha Mitter: Greece, India and Race among the Victorians
4: Margaret Malamud: Black Minerva: Antiquity in antebellum African American history
5: Kenneth Goings & Eugene O Connor: Black Athena before Black Athena: The Teaching of Greek and Latin at Black Colleges and Universities
6: Robbie Shilliam: Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God: Garveyism, Rastafari and Antiquity
7: Anna Hartnell: Between Exodus and Egypt: Israel-Palestine and the break-up of the Black-Jewish Alliance
8: Toby Green: Beyond Culture Wars: Reconnecting African and Jewish Diasporas in the Past and the Present
9: Stephen Howe: Egyptian Athena, African Egypt, Egyptian Africa: Martin Bernal and Contemporary African Historical Thought
10: Robert J. C. Young: The After-lives of Black Athena
Part II: Classical Diaspora / Diasporic Classics
11: V. Y. Mudimbe: In the House of Libya: A Meditation
12: Tim Whitmarsh: Hellenism, nationalism, hybridity: the invention of the novel
13: Paolo Asso: The Idea of Africa in Lucan
14: John H. Starks, Jr.: Was Black Beautiful in Vandal Africa?
15: J. Mira Seo: Identifying Authority: Juan Latino, an African Ex-Slave, Professor and Poet in Sixteenth-Century Granada
16: John Gilmore: John Barclay's Camella Poems: Ideas of Race, Beauty and Ugliness in Renaissance Latin Verse
17: Brian H. Murray: 'Lay in Egypt's lap each borrowed crown': Gerald Massey and Late-Victorian Afrocentrism
18: John Thieme: 'Not equatorial black, not Mediterranean white': Denis Williams Other Leopards
19: Astrid Van Weyenberg: Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics
20: Edith Hall and Justine McConnell: Mythopoeia in the Struggle against Slavery, Racism, and Exclusive Afrocentrism
21: Emily Greenwood: Dislocating Black Classicism: Classics and the Black Diaspora in the Poetry of Aimé Césaire and Kamau Brathwaite
22: Tessa Roynon: The Africanness of Classicism in the Work of Toni Morrison
ConclusionDaniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra, & Tessa Roynon: