Negritude And Literary Criticism

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Negro-African literature in French is one of a number of appellations most commonly used to describe a body of literary texts written in French by Africans and those of African descent from roughly 1920 onward. Discussing the numerous other terms that have been used to designate the same body of texts (Colonial literature, Black literature, literature of Negritude), Jack explores the complex relationship between how literatures are named and how they are evaluated. The first thorough study of the history and ...

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Overview

Negro-African literature in French is one of a number of appellations most commonly used to describe a body of literary texts written in French by Africans and those of African descent from roughly 1920 onward. Discussing the numerous other terms that have been used to designate the same body of texts (Colonial literature, Black literature, literature of Negritude), Jack explores the complex relationship between how literatures are named and how they are evaluated. The first thorough study of the history and criticism of Negro-African literature in French, this work gives an account of the development of a critical discourse and its influence on primary texts.

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A scholarly and definitive study of the criticism, literary history, essays, and articles on Negro-African literature in French. Jack (French, U. of Oxford) examines identity and geographical difference within the context of this critique of critiques, covering: French texts about Africans, the African Disaspora, negritude and criticism, nationalism, and seminal studies in historiography and criticism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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BELINDA ELIZABETH JACK is Lecturer in French at Christ Church, University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Discourses Surrounding French Texts "about" Africa and Africans: The Ubiquity of "Les Sciences Coloniales" 13
2 Critics of the African Diaspora and Their Contribution to Debates in Paris 31
3 Negritude and Literary Criticism 57
4 Nationalisms and Literary Criticism: The Nature of Literary "Engagement" 81
5 Seminal Studies: Historiography and Criticism 109
6 The Wider Debate 131
Conclusion 165
Bibliography 169
Index 185
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