The Study of African Languages in the Nineteenth-Century Americas

Sara E. Johnson

University of California

Sara Johnson is an Associate Professor of Literature at UCSD. She is working on a book documenting the work of Moreau de Saint-Méry, a late eighteenth-century Caribbean intellectual. Her book The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas is an inter-disciplinary study that explores how people of African descent responded to the collapse and reconsolidation of colonial life in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution. Johnson is the co-editor of Kaiso! Writings By and About Katherine Dunham (2006) and Una ventana a Cuba y los estudios cubanos (2010).


This panel explores multilingualism as ideology and practice—both during the long nineteenth century, and in the retrospective construction of knowledge about it. Language ideologies drove decisions about which writers... [ view full abstract ]


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P45 » Un-Englishing the C19 (14:00 - Friday, 23rd March, Fiesta I-II)

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