Race, Culture, and Identity: Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory from Négritude to Créolité

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Social Science - 166 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Shireen Lewis gives a comprehensive analysis of the literary and theoretical discourse on race, culture, and identity by Francophone and Caribbean writers beginning in the early part of the twentieth century and continuing into the dawn of the new millennium. Examining the works of Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphael Confiant, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Leon Damas, and Paulette Nardal, Lewis traces a move away from the preoccupation with African origins and racial and cultural purity, toward concerns of hybridity and fragmentation in the New World or Diasporic space. In addition to exploring how this shift parallels the larger debate around modernism and postmodernism, Lewis makes a significant contribution by arguing for the inclusion of Martinican intellectual Paulette Nardal, and other women into the canon as significant contributors to the birth of modern black Francophone literature."
 

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Contents

Legitime Defense a Precursor to Modern Black Francophone Literature
1
What Was Negritude?
23
Gendering Negritude Paulette Nardals Contribution to the Birth of Modern Francophone Literature
55
Rerooting the Uprooted Edouard Glissants Antillanite and Beyond
70
The Creolite Movements Reconfiguring Identity in the Caribbean in the Late Twentieth Century
89
Notes
127
Bibliography
153
Index
163
About the Author
167
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Dr. Shireen K. Lewis is Executive Director of EduSeed, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., and the Founder of EduSeed's SisterMentors program. Her scholarship and university teaching is in Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature.

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