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Title:Senghor, negritude and francophonie on the threshold of the twenty-first century
Author:Kesteloot, L.ISNI
Year:1990
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:21
Issue:3
Pages:51-57
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Negritude
francophonie
literature
About person:Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001)ISNI
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819633
Abstract:When Léopold Sédar Senghor's thought process is defined in terms of negritude and francophonie, it is extremely difficult to express an opinion about it. The terms themselves are already so tendentious and carry so precise an ideological stamp that there is hardly need to do more than point out the implicit paradox. Yet, the present author has never seen any real contradiction between these two poles of Senghor's thought. Senghor never seems to have experienced negritude and francophonie in terms of alienation, or even in opposition to each other. He maintains a comfortable ease between his African roots and his love of the French language. In order to survive in the twenty-first century, negritude and francophonie should stand shoulder-to-shoulder, rather than struggle against each other. Bibliogr., ref.
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