Léon-Gontran Damas Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Cook, Mercer. "The Poetry of Leon Damas." African Forum 2, No. 4 (Spring 1967): 129-32.

Reviews Névralgies, noting its continuities with Damas's earlier works and its implicit treatment of race.

Kennedy, Ellen Conroy. "Léon Damas." In The Negritude Poets: An Anthology of Translations from the French, edited by Ellen Conroy Kennedy, pp. 39-61. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1989.

Presents a brief biographical and critical introduction to Damas along with fifteen poems from Pigments.

Kesteloot, Lilyan. "Léon Damas: Pigments." In her Black Writers in French: A Literary History of Negritude, translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy, pp. 123-58. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1974.

Remarks on the style and themes of Pigments.

Racine, Daniel L. "Tribute to the Poet Léon Gontran Damas." Research in African Literatures 10, No. 1 (Spring 1979): 90-4.

Comments on the distinctive traits of Damas's poetry.

Warner, Keith Q. "Léon Damas and the Calypso." CLA Journal XIX, No. 3 (March 1976): 374-81.

Highlights elements in Damas's poetry that are similar to the calypso, a primarily oral genre of Trinidadian poetry.

――――――, ed. Critical Perspectives on Léon-Gontran Damas. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1988, 178 p.

Collects interviews and essays covering various aspects of Damas's career. The collection also contains a bibliography of works by and about Damas.