Alexandre Kimenyi (essay date spring 1981)
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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