Criticism: Negritude And Humanism - Essay

Criticism: Negritude And Humanism

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Guillaume, Jr., Alfred J. “Negritude and Humanism: Senghor's Vision of a Universal Civilization.” In The Harlem Renaissance: Revaluations, edited by Amritjit Singh, William S. Shiver, and Stanley Brodwin, pp. 271-80. New York: Garland Publishing, 1989.

[In the following essay, Guillaume ruminates on the ideology of Negritude as espoused by Senghor and others during the 1930s.]

If the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s served as the catalyst for the “New Negro” in the United States, the Negritude movement of the 1930s in Paris sparked a similar renewal for black students from Africa and the Caribbean, who rejected the assimilation of European values and...

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