Publication: "Ghostly Border-Crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic Narratives" (Thematic Issue)

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We are excited to share  “Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narratives”.  Guest-edited by Polo Moji and Natasha Himmelman, this thematic issue of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde – A Journal of African Literature, draws together a rich body of scholarship about African and Afrodiasporic imaginaries of Europe’s physical, racialised, gendered, linguistic and ideological borders.

Full text copies of the articles in Ghostly border-crossings can be viewed and downloaded here:


Introduction: Ghostly borders by Polo B. Moji and Natasha Himmelman

The hauntological imaginary in Bernadine Evaristo’s Soul Tourists (2005) by Polo B. Moji

The ghostly matter of asylum in Kivu Ruhorahoza’s A Tree Has Fallen (Europa) by MaryEllen Higgins

In the tracks of the impossible by Miguel Ángel Rosales

Imagining a politics of relation: Glissant’s border thought and the German border by Moses März

Unsettled intimacies: revisiting Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country through Nella Larsen’s Quicksand by Kedon Willis

Ambiguous agency in the vulnerable trafficked body: reading Sanusi’s Eyo and Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street by Dina Ligaga

Setting readers at sea: Fatou Diome’s Ventre de l’Atlantique by Cullen Goldblatt

African “ghosts” and the myth of “Italianness”: the presence of migrant writers in Italian literature by Anita Virga

(Im)mobilities and migration in the work of César Mba Abogo and Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo by Julia Borst

Stammering tongue by Danai S Mupotsa and Xin Liu

Interview: Translation as conversation: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in Euskara by Natasha Himmelman