Negritude Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Alexandre Kimenyi (essay date spring 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kimenyi, Alexandre. “The ‘Popularity’ of Négritude.” Journal of Ethnic Studies 9, no. 1 (spring 1981): 69-74.

[In the following essay, Kimenyi defines the characteristics of Negritude, moving on to expound on the reasons for its rise and popularity.]

Books, conferences and hundreds of essays, supportive and critical, have been devoted to Négritude. The question which has never been discussed is why Négritude became so popular. Négritude as a literary movement denouncing oppression, political domination, economic exploitation and intellectual and cultural alienation was indeed predictable. Literature, or any other type of art, is not independent of...

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Janice Spleth (essay date 1985)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Spleth, Janice. “The Philosophy of Negritude.” In Léopold Sédar Senghor, pp. 20-33. Boston, Mass.: Twayne Publishers, 1985.

[In the following essay, Spleth explains Negritude as a literary and philosophical movement, placing it in the context of Senghor's work.]

An outstanding characteristic of Senghor's poetry is its coherent and unifying substructure, for almost every poem, either in its theme or form, illustrates some aspect of the poet's concept of Negritude. Many of the major works of Senghorian criticism, as indicated by their titles, have chosen to focus specifically on this attribute: The Concept of Negritude in the Poetry of Léopold Sédar...

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