Beyond Negritude: Essays from Woman in the City

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SUNY Press, Sep 14, 2009 - Literary Collections - 119 pages
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In the aftermath of World War II, Paulette Nardal, the Martinican woman most famously associated with the Negritude movement and its founders Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, and Léon Damas during Paris’s interwar years, founded the journal Woman in the City. This annotated translation, with an introduction and essay summaries by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, collects work from that journal, and presents it in both the original French and in English. Never before translated, these essays represent a lens through which to view the evolution of Nardal’s intellectual thought on race, gender, politics, globalization, war, religion, and philosophy. The journal’s arrival announced Martinican women entering the public sphere—the city—and from its internationalist perspectives, the world stage where they would take up their responsibilities as citizens of their little island and the greater French Republic. Published from 1945 to 1951, it was, with its Christian humanist undertones and feminist inclinations, the first theologically and philosophically woman-centered liberationist journal in print.
 

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Contents

On Race Rights and Women
1
Paulette Nardals Woman in the City Annotated Traslation by T Deman SharpleyWhiting
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1 Woman in the CityJanuary 1945
17
2 Setting the Record StraightFebruary 1945
25
3 From an Electoral Point of ViewMarch 1945
31
4 Poverty Does Not WaitMay 1945
37
5 Martinican Women and Social ActionOctober 1945
43
6 And Now What Are Our Objectives?November 1945
49
9 Facing HistoryOctober 1946
67
A Social CrimeNovember 1946
73
11 United NationsJanuary 1947
79
12 About a CrimeOctober 1948
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13 On Intellectual LazinessNovember 1948
89
14 EditorialJuly 1951
95
Selected Bibliography of Paulette Nardals Writing
101
Index
105

7 To WorkFebruary 1946
57
8 Martinican Women and PoliticsJuly 1946
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T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and Professor of French at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of several books, including Negritude Women and the Emily Toth Award-winning Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women, and the editor of The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union."

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