Twentieth-century Black literary and political figures of the United States and the Caribbean related to Africa in complex and ambivalent ways that did not prevent them from denouncing the social, economic, and political oppressions of the West ...
against Blacks of Africa and its Diaspora from slavery through colonialism and neocolonialism. In their discourse about these subjugations, Black Atlantic intellectuals and political figures, such as Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., reflect paradoxes in their representation of Africa. Yet, they identify with Africa by vehemently criticizing the impact of Western imperialism on the conditions of Blacks living in Africa and the West. These Black Diasporan writers and political leaders participated in a long Pan-Africanist intellectual discourse about the predicament of people of African descent that deserves more attention than it has received.While the works of the above intellectuals reveal intrinsic contradictions around race, class, and gender, they suggest resistance against White domination and promote Black cultural, economic, and political ideologies that should not be mis-interpreted as reactionary, essentialist, or ethnocentric. Black Atlantic intellectuals resist oppression against racism, imperialism, classism, and sexism, while developing a fluid yet persistent Pan - Africanist consciousness.Babacar M'Baye is an Assistant Professor and received his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, his M.A. in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, PA, and his B.A. in English from the Universite Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal. Babacar is currently teaching African American and Pan - African literature at Kent State University. He has published essays on the relations between Phyllis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin and Africa). His teaching and research areas are late - eighteenth and early - twentieth century Pan-African literature; twentieth century African American literature, twentieth century African literature, and Black Atlantic Studies.
Number of pages: 160
Date of publication: 01/11/2008
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