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Overview

As early as 1914, in his pivotal essay "The World Problem of the Color Line," W. E. B. Du Bois was charting a search for Afro-Asian solidarity and for an international anticolonialism. In Afro-Orientalism, Bill Mullen traces the tradition of revolutionary thought and writing developed by African American and Asian American artists and intellectuals in response to Du Bois's challenge.Afro-Orientalism unfolds here as a distinctive strand of cultural and political work that contests the longstanding, dominant discourse about race and nation first fully named in Edward Said's Orientalism. Mullen tracks Afro-Asian engagement with U.S. imperialism-including writings by Richard Wright, Grace and James Boggs, Robert F. Williams, and Fred Ho-and companion struggles against racism and capitalism around the globe. To this end, he offers Afro-Orientalism as an antidote to essentialist, race-based, or narrow conceptions of ethnic studies and postcolonial studies, calling on scholars in these fields to reimagine their critical enterprises as mutually constituting and politically interdependent. Bill V. Mullen is professor of English at the University of Texas, San Antonio, as well as the author of Popular Fronts: Chicago and African-American Cultural Politics, 1935-1946, coeditor of Radical Revisions: Reading 1930s Culture, and the editor of Revolutionary Tales: African American Women's Short Stories from the First Story to the Present.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816637492
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : Afro-orientalism and other tales of diaspora
1 W. E. B. Du Bois's Afro-Asian fantasia 1
2 The limits of being outside : Richard Wright's anticolonial turn 43
3 Transnational correspondence : Robert F. Williams, Detroit, and the Bandung era 73
4 "Philosophy must be proletarian" : the dialectical humanism of Grace Lee and James Boggs 113
5 Making monkey signify : Fred Ho's revolutionary vision quest 163
App Fred Ho discography 205
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