this month’s guest editorial has been written by Yannick Blec. Yannick is a PhD student at the Université Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée, presently writing his dissertation about the visions of African American identities in William Melvin Kelley’s works. It consists of an analysis of phenomenological, ontological and black existential conceptualizations entitled Le Blafringo-Arumerican dans l’oeuvre de William Melvin Kelley: l’afro-américanité entre concept et experience vécue (The Blafringo-Arumerican in William Melvin Kelley’s Works: African American Blackness between concept and lived experience). His dissertation follows two previous essays for his Master’s degree; one compares race stereotypes in Kelley’s dǝm and William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner; the other one concentrates on identities and existential realities in Kelley’s first and last novels: A Different Drummer and Dunfords Travels Everywheres.
Samira Spatzek (editor CAAR Website)