In Search of Africa

In Search of Africa

by Manthia Diawara

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ISBN-13: 9780674034242
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Manthia Diawara is Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, as well as Director of Africana Studies and the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University. He is the founder and editor of Black Renaissance Noire.

Table of Contents

Situation I: Sartre and African Modernism

1. In My Home

2. Williams Sassine on Afro-Pessimism Situation

Situation II: Richard Wright and Modern Africa

3. Cémoko's Sékou Touré

4. Return Narratives Djibril Tamsir Niane's Sundiata

Salif Kéita's Mandjou

Afro-Kitsch and Woodstock in Bamako

Toumani Diabaté: A Kora Master

Situation III: Malcolm X: Conversionists versus Culturalists

5. The Shape of the Future

Modernity Is in Evil Forest

Culture and Nationalism as Resistance to Globalization

The Markets in West Africa and the Devaluation of the CFA Franc

How to Compete

6. Finding Sidimé Laye

7. Africa's Art of Resistance

Blinded by My Loss

The Curse of the Masks

The Fang Byeri Statue as Primitive Art

Chéri Samba: The Stereotype Strikes Back

Sidimé Laye's Song of Resistance

8. Sidimé Laye One Year Later

Situation IV: Homeboy Cosmopolitan

The Homeboy and the Myth of Cain

The Black Man in Bondage: The Construction of Mobility in Superfly and Shaft

Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It

The 'Hood in Spike Lee's Cinema

Homeboys and the Reclaiming of the Stereotype in Black Film

Toward a New Common Ground and Mentality



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Walter Mosley

In Search of Africa brings us, all of us, home to a place we never knew. By traveling back and forth between cultures, continents, and languages -- by wrestling, and momentarily defeating, the deceptions of racial and class identities -- Manthia Diawarai's rare intellingence exposes the shared heart of modernity in Europe, Africa, and America.

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