Imagining Insiders

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 1999 - Political Science - 256 pages
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This study surveys a wide range of writings and ideas out of Africa by people of African descent on the various ways in which "insiders" and "outsiders", "self" and "otherness" have been imagined and defined from African perspectives. Attention is focused on identity issues regarding Africa, Panafricanism, American Black culture, Negritude and Black Consciousness, as well as on whiteness and otherness, black versus white cultures and gender matters in a racialized context. Some theoretical issues in the academic debate on insiders and intercultural dialogue are also discussed, with examples from various disciplines. Five interviews with leading writers conclude the book.
 

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Contents

1 Insiders and outsiders
1
European imagination and its cultural outsiders
13
The European Other in African oral and written literatures
30
4 African roots and American black culture
56
5 Negritude Black Consciousness and beyond
77
6 Black is beautiful or the whiteness of feminism
103
Changing patterns in gender matters
122
Insiders outsiders and the academy
150
9 Towards a culture of interdiscursivity
171
Interviews
181
Bibliography
198
Index
217
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About the author (1999)

Mineke Schipper is professor of intercultural literary studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She is the author of many books, including "Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging," and "Unheard Words: Women and Literature in Africa, the Arab World, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America,

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