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Laura Murphy publishes book on West African slave trade

October 26, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor Laura Murphy, Ph.D., published “Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature” with Ohio University Press, the leading publisher of African Studies research in the country. The book examines the way West Africans have memorialized the era of the transatlantic slave trade through unique metaphors that communicate the horrors of slavery from generation to generation.

Many critics argue that West Africans have forgotten the slave trade and are indifferent to the suffering of the African-Americans who left Africa’s shores. But Murphy’s study reveals that there is, in fact, a long history of commemorating the trauma and sorrow that resulted from the slave trade in their literature and cultures.

Ato Quayson, Ph.D., editor of the "Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature" and director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto called the book “a timely and highly innovative work.”

The book is available in the Loyola University Bookstore, on JSTOR and on amazon.com in print as well as in a Kindle edition. Murphy will talk about her new book at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and at the African Studies Association meeting in Philadelphia Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

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