Explores the disparate creative works that are characterized as "Afropolitan literature," contextualizing them within the fundamental questions of world literature, such as translation, circulation, and cultural specificity while also examining Afropolitan ideology itself as a new African way of seeing and being.
1. Introduction: Africa and the Rest James Hodapp (Northwestern University, Qatar)
2. The Worlds of Afropolitan World Literature: Modeling Intra-African Afropolitanism in Yvonne Adhiambo Owuour's Dust Birgit Neumann (Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf, Germany)
3. Strategic Label: Afropolitan Literature in Germany Anna von Rath (University of Potsdam, Germany)
4. Afropolitanism and the Afro-Asian Diaspora in M.G. Vassanji's And Home Was Kariakoo Shilpa Daithota Bhat (Ahmedabad University, India)
5. "White Man's Magic": A. Igoni Barrett's Blackass, Afropolitanism, and (Post)Racial Anxieties Julie Iromuanya (University of Chicago, USA)
6. Toward an Environmental Theory of Afropolitan Literature Juan Meneses (University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA)
7. How Afropolitanism Unworlds the African World Amatoritsero Ede (University of the Bahamas)
8. Afropolitan Aesthetics as an Ethics of Openness Chielozona Eze (Northeastern Illinois University, USA)
9. Fingering the Jagged Grain: Rereading Afropolitanism (and Africa) in Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go Aretha Phiri (Rhodes University, South Africa)
10. "Part Returnee and Part-Tourist": The Afropolitan Travelogue in Noo Saro-Wiwa's Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria Rocio Cobo-Pinero (University of Seville, Spain)
11. "Something Covered But Not Hidden": Obscurity in Teju Cole's Oeuvre as an Afropolitan Way of Worlding Julian Wacker (University of Muenster, Germany)
12. The Hesitant Local: The Global Citizens of Open City and Americanah Lara El Makkawi (American University of Beirut, Lebanon) Notes on Contributors Index
James Hodapp is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University in Qatar. He has published in ARIEL, The Global South, English in Africa, The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, African Studies Review, Wasafiri, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, and in several anthologies on world cinema and literature.