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By Wendy Walters

Although he by no means lived in Harlem, Chester Himes commented that he skilled “a kind of natural homesickness” whereas developing the Harlem-set detective novels from his self-imposed exile in Paris. via writing, Himes developed an imaginary domestic educated either by way of nostalgia for a neighborhood he by no means knew and a critique of the racism he left at the back of within the usa. part a century later, Michelle Cliff wrote approximately her local Jamaica from the USA, articulating a favorable Caribbean feminism that even as stated Jamaica’s homophobia and colour prejudice. 

In At domestic in Diaspora, Wendy Walters investigates the paintings of Himes, Cliff, and 3 different twentieth-century black overseas writers—Caryl Phillips, Simon Njami, and Richard Wright—who have lived in and written from international locations they don't name domestic. not like different authors in exile, these of the African diaspora are doubly displaced, first by way of the discrimination they confronted at domestic and back by means of their lifestyles in another country. all through, Walters means that within the absence of a recoverable land of starting place, the belief of diaspora involves symbolize a house that's not singular or exclusionary. during this method, writing in exile is far greater than a literary functionality; it's a profound political act. 

Wendy W. Walters is assistant professor of literature at Emerson College.

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