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Throughout Tradition and the Black Atlantic, ...
Throughout Tradition and the Black Atlantic, Gates shows that the culture wars have presented us with a surfeit of either/ors—tradition versus modernity; Eurocentrism versus Afrocentricism. Pointing us away from these facile dichotomies, Gates deftly combines rigorous scholarship with humor, looking back to the roots of cultural studies in order to map out its future course.
Cornel West, Princeton University
“Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a towering man of letters in American life. He also is a seminal literary theorist whose work in African-American Studies has been profound and pioneering. In this book, he engages the Enlightenment, Frantz Fanon and the quests for identity in a vintage Gates manner: brilliant, witty and free thinking!”
Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science
“The colossus of critical theory has been sedated for a decade by securitocracy. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wants to re-awaken it. His lucidity, acuity and intellectually generosity conjure up fundamental issues that will help to settle the fate of Africa’s diasporas. Cultural Studies acquires a worldly history and we encounter interpretations of twentieth-century, black politics and letters that remain as startling as they are novel. Gates’ luminous provocations and insights have won a new urgency as the politics of culture assumes neocolonial as well as postcolonial patterns.”
Arnold Rampersad, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
“Bringing impeccable credentials to the persistently vital debate about cultural studies, Professor Gates has written a brilliant book that is as subtle and erudite as it is accessible to a wide range of readers. He consistently displays a sure grasp of the theoretical complexities of this controversial subject. At the same time, his arguments are leavened by the generosity of spirit and abundant good humor that have graced his immense body of work over the years.”
Kobena Mercer, author of Welcome to the Jungle
“Mapping the contested concept of culture in diasporic, post-colonial and multicultural spaces, Henry Louis Gates Jr. conveys far-reaching insights in a piquant style that never fails to stimulate and provoke. What results is a critical cosmopolitanism that puts him at the heart of humanist inquiry in an era of global change.”
Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy & the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
“Only Henry Louis Gates, Jr. could set sail from Edmund Burke's critique of imperialism in the 1790s, navigate through the turbulent culture wars of the 1990s, and find safe harbor in the new millennium with a re-imagined conception of race and identity.”