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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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The Sea of International Politics

The Sea of International Politics

Fluidity, Solvency, and Drift in the Global South Atlantic

(p.1) Introduction The Sea of International Politics
The Global South Atlantic

Joseph R. Slaughter

Kerry Bystrom

Fordham University Press

Responding to the way the Southern parts of the Atlantic have historically been obscured in conceptions of the Atlantic world and through the critical oceanic studies concepts of fluidity, solvency, and drift, this chapter serves as a critical introduction to the South Atlantic. Beginning with a rereading of the Atlantic Charter, it poses the South Atlantic both as a material geographic region (something along the lines of a South Atlantic Rim) and as a set of largely unfulfilled visions—including those of anti-imperial solidarity and resistance generated through imaginative and political engagement from different parts of the Global South with the Atlantic world. It also reflects on the conditions under which something called the “Global South Atlantic” could come into being and the modes of historical, cultural, and literary comparison by which a multilingual and multinational region might be grasped.

Keywords:   Atlantic Charter, Black Atlantic, comparative literature, Global South, internationalism, Oceanic Studies, South Atlantic, South-South, Third World, transatlantic, transnationalism

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