This book investigates the development of Afro-German literature in the context of the African American experience and shows the decisive role of literature for the emergence of the Afro-German Movement. Various Afro-German literary and cultural initiatives, which began in the 1980s, arose as a response to the experience of being marginalized - to the point of invisibility - within a dominant Eurocentric culture that could not bring the notions of "Black" and "German" together in a meaningful way. The book is a significant contribution to the understanding of German literature as multi-ethnic and of the the transatlantic networks operating in the African Diasporas.
Aija Poikane-Daumke graduated from the University of Latvia where she received her BA and MA degrees in education and English philology. She discovered her interest in Black literature and culture in the course of her high school year Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002, she was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and pursued her doctoral thesis in American Studies at Universität Dortmund. In Dortmund, she taught several seminars on Afro-German and African American literature. Currently, she is engaged in a project on East European immigrant narratives in the US after WW II.