An African Voice: The Role of the Humanities in African Independence [NOOK Book]

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Through the work of leading African writers, artists, musicians and educators—from Nobel prizewinner Wole Soyinka to names hardly known outside their native lands—An African Voice describes the contributions of the humanities to the achievement of independence for the peoples of black Africa following the Second World War. While concentrating on cultural independence, these leading humanists also demonstrate the intimate connection between cultural freedom and genuine political economic ...
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An African Voice: The Role of the Humanities in African Independence

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Overview

Through the work of leading African writers, artists, musicians and educators—from Nobel prizewinner Wole Soyinka to names hardly known outside their native lands—An African Voice describes the contributions of the humanities to the achievement of independence for the peoples of black Africa following the Second World War. While concentrating on cultural independence, these leading humanists also demonstrate the intimate connection between cultural freedom and genuine political economic liberty.
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Table of Contents



Contents

Preface


Prologue: A Candle at Kilimanjaro


Part 1
The Crisis of Independence

1
Colonial Legacies

The Ambiguities of Colonialism


Antecedents


The Shock of Colonialism


Neocolonial Influences


The Urge for Cultural Independence



2
Présence Africaine and the Expression of Cultural Freedom

The Meaning of Independence: Julius Nyerere and Sékou Touré


The First International Congress of Black Writers and Artists


Negritude


Présence Américaine


Pan-Africanism or Communism?


A Congress Cultural or a Congress Political?




Part 2
The Arts and Cultural Independence

3
The Visual Arts and African Independence

The Humanist and the Intangibles of Independence


The Decline of Excellence


Oku Ampofo and the Akwapim Six



4
The Independent African Theater

African Theatrics


Ibadan University and the Eclectic Theater of Nigeria


The Pedagogical Theater of Efua Sutherland



5
Africans Dance

Africa Still Dances


The Musician


The Catalyst


The Dancer


Les Ballets Africains



6
Literary Perspectives of Cultural Independence

Three Novels


Independence


Uncertainty


Affirmation




Part 3
Educational Independence

7
The Search for a Usable Past

The Uses of History


Negro Nations and Their Culture


History at Ibadan


The Question of Oral Tradition


A Usable Past



8
The Idea of an African University

Early Educational Theories


African Education at University College of the Gold Coast


Nkrumah at Legon


Nkrumah Chooses a Vice-Chancellor



9
Organizing Africana

The Pros and Cons of African Studies


African Studies in Ghana


The African Studies Institute—University of Ibadan




Part 4
A Modern African Civilization

10
The African Personality and Europe

Identity Quandaries


The Assault of Scientific Racism


Black Orpheus


The Flight from Europe—Frantz Fanon


The Flight from Europe— Medicine in Africa


The African Identity and the New African Philosophy



11
An African Voice

Bellagio


In Defense of African Culture


Technology and African Culture


The Evolution of an African Designer


An African Voice




Notes


Bibliography


Index

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