The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea - Critical Africana Studies (Hardback)Reiland Rabaka (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 452
Weight: 776 g
Dimensions: 234 x 159 x 33 mm
In this thought-provoking study, Reiland Rabaka locates the roots of the Negritude movement in the diaspora by examining what he calls in chapter I the `Prelude to Negritude' - that is, the seeds of the Negritude idea found in the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the early evolution of Negritude as an `insurgent' idea.... [T]his study presents a compelling argument that Negritude as an `insurgent idea' was and continues to be central to our understanding of African peoples' struggle against racial capitalism and colonial domination. * Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International *
Without a doubt this is a significant and profound analysis of 'Negritude' by one of the most insightful analysts in the field of Africana Studies. -- Gerald Horne, University of Houston, author of 'The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America'
Both impassioned and erudite, Rabaka's new book is a welcome reminder that a movement so complex as Negritude not only merits but demands further scholarly attention. -- Richard Serrano, Rutgers University
Working critically across the New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance to the major thinkers of Negritude, this book brilliantly reexamines the legacies of the Negritude Movement. Its thoughtful detailed analysis clarifies the trajectories between intellectual and political traditions of Africa and its diaspora. The Negritude Movement is an essential contribution to the twenty-first century, one that reinvigorates our interests in reading with new light W.E.B. Du Bois, Damas, Cesaire, Senghor and Fanon. -- Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan
Rabaka offers us, at long last, a genuinely critical and Africana-centered account of Negritude as simultaneously a poetic AND political movement - as a truly "insurgent idea." As impressively researched as it is eminently readable, Rabaka's work also makes a compelling case for the ongoing relevance of Negritude thought in the current climate of neocolonialism and the politics of race. -- Georges Van Den Abbeele, Dean of Humanities, University of California Irvine
Reiland Rabaka offers cogent and insightful analyses of the discursive representations of the consequences of blacks' racial colonization and the ways in which the color-line has divided society and, as he states, `even more, black souls and black selves'. This volume adds to Rabaka's impressive oeuvre which traverses the works of the Negritude poets, African and Caribbean authors, and the African American thinkers who have contributed, through cross-cultural and dynamic exchanges, to understanding the `humanhood' of our common history. -- Valerie K. Orlando, University of Maryland
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