Criticism: Politics Of Negritude - Essay

Gerald Moore (essay date 1969)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Moore, Gerald. “The Politics of Negritude: Frantz Fanon, Léopold Senghor, Léon Damas, Aimé Césaire, David Diop, and Tchicaya U'Tamsi.” In Protest & Conflict in African Literature, edited by Cosmo Pieterse and Donald Munro, pp. 26-42. London, England: Heinemann, 1969.

[In the following essay, Moore surveys the relationship between politics and Negritude as it is expressed in the works of various authors identified with the movement.]

It is my hope to say something new about politics and Negritude, although that isn't easy because it is a much-trodden field. I certainly don't want to thrust at you reflections with which you are probably already quite...

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Carroll Yoder (essay date 1991)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Yoder, Carroll. “The Birth of Negritude.” In White Shadows: A Dialectical View of the French African Novel, pp. 79-104. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1991.

[In the following essay, Yoder focuses on various political and cultural perspectives regarding Negritude, comparing and contrasting the views expressed by Senghor and others during the 1930s and beyond.]

One of the more audacious and supposedly noble goals of the colonial writers was to put words into the mouths of the Africans so that they, too, could for the first time contribute to world civilization, it being of course assumed that inferior peoples could not speak for themselves. As long...

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