Latinx Internationalism and the French Atlantic: Sandra María Esteves in <i>Art contre/against apartheid</i> and Miguel Algarín in “Tangiers”

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article interrogates the South-South internationalism of two renowned US Latinx poets: Miguel Algarín’s abjection in Morocco in his poem “Tangiers” and Sandra María Esteves’s anti-apartheid poetry for the French <jats:italic>Art contre/against apartheid</jats:italic> project, which included the controversial participation of Jacques Derrida. Although these poems focus on different contexts of African liberation, both react to French coloniality. For Algarín, his Orientalist evocations of underage child prostitution operate under a French hegemony, coming into crisis when a third world alliance fails. In Esteves’s work, her poetic solidarity draws on Frantz Fanon’s experience of French colonization in Algeria but also comes into crisis when Derrida’s foreword for <jats:italic>Art contre/against apartheid</jats:italic> is challenged as Eurocentric. Although both engagements with African self-determination exhibit residues of a French hegemony undergirding and undercutting what I term is a poetic Latin-African solidarity, their South-South approach enriches postcolonial studies, in which Latin American, and by extension, Latinx identities have been sidelined.</jats:p>





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Quesada, SM (2022). Latinx Internationalism and the French Atlantic: Sandra María Esteves in Art contre/against apartheid and Miguel Algarín in “Tangiers”. The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 9(3). pp. 353–380. 10.1017/pli.2022.17 Retrieved from

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Sarah Quesada

Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor

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US Latinx/Latin American Literature, Francophone North and West African Lit & Lusophone Africa; Atlantic studies; Revolutionary Movements, Marxism, the Non-aligned movement; Postcolonial and Decolonial studies; Heritage tourism; the Archive and Oral histories; World Literature and the Global South; Queer theory.

Sarah M. Quesada is a comparatist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University, and by courtesy, of the department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. Her main interests are literatures of the Global South—Latin American, Latinx, Caribbean, and African literatures. Her book The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature (Cambridge Studies in World Literature,2022) won an honorable mention for First Book in 2023 from the Modern Languages Association (MLA). The book examines hidden archives of African influence in most widely read Latinx and Latin American authors of the last fifty years, through these authors' conjurings of the era of Slave Trade, 19th century imperialism, Cold War internationalism, and the rise of UNESCO heritage tourism. Quesada’s work has also been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the National Humanities Center (NHC), the Stanford Humanities Center and Stanford's Center for African Studies, among other places. Her comparative focus is also devoted to training students in archival and fieldwork research. Her research has involved ethnography (CITI and RIB training) and work on the UNESCO Slave Route in Africa, as well as archive consultation across the Atlantic World, in mainly France, Brazil, Benin, Senegal, Cuba, and the US. Her second book in progress is focused on the writings and visuals from regions in Africa and Greater Mexico concerning African revolutionary movements, with attention to state tourism, government archives, oral histories, and little-known texts by both prominent intellectuals and lesser known feminists across the Global South. 

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative Literature, American QuarterlySmall Axe: A Caribbean Journal of CriticismLatino Studies, Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryAfro-Hispanic ReviewOxford Bibliographies, The Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies, the Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke UP 2016),the Journal of Haitian Studies, among other places. She is a former co-chair representative for Latino Studies in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and serves on an executive committee for the Modern Languages Association (MLA). In 2021, she joined the editorial board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism  (Duke UP). 

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