Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Dynamic and often challenging...stimulating...with some excellent wide-ranging critiques of what have become entrenched theoretical positions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Insiders and outsiders 1
2 Homo caudatus: European imagination and its cultural outsiders 13
3 'The white man has no friends': 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
7 Emerging from the shadows: Changing patterns in gender matters 122
8 Knowledge is like an ocean: Insiders, outsiders and the academy 150
9 Towards a culture of interdiscursivity 171
Interviews
Leopold Sedar Senghor 183
Wole Soyinka 186
Buchi Emecheta 189
Sembene Ousmane 192
Maryse Conde 195
Bibliography 198
Index 217
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