Malcolm X and the Poetics of Haki Madhubuti

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McFarland, Sep 28, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 296 pages
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Illustrating the power of oratory in the 1960s and its successful merging with the art of that era, this text examines the significance of Malcolm X as a literary muse for Haki Madhubuti, one of America's premiere poets and essayists. Long after the death of Malcolm X, Haki Mudhubuti continued to expound on X's major oratorical themes, including the effort to destroy the racial appellation "Negro" and to create new definitions for words that relate to Africa. X's persistence in oratory during the 1960s influenced an art movement that changed the psychology and behavior of American Blacks. Through a historical and literary analysis of Black poetry, this text charts how selected writers exhibited great tensions around issues of race until the arrival of the 1960s generation of artists. This book contributes to a broader understanding of Malcolm X and his impact on American writing and culture.
 

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Contents

Dysfunctional Beginnings
29
TWO How New Is the New Negro?
51
FOUR Early Influences of a Revolutionary Aesthetic
104
FIVE W E B Du Bois Cheikh Anta Diop Malcolm
125
SEVEN Malcolm and Haki and Safisha Madhubuti
157
A Physical and Personal
174
X a Magnet for Madhubuti and Brooks
188
ELEVEN The XFactor Influence on the Transformed Image
220
Chapter Notes
257
Works Cited
271
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Regina Jennings lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Rutgers University.

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