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Title:Negritude and history: Senghor's argument with Frobenius
Author:Echeruo, Michael J.C.ISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
About person:Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001)ISNI
Abstract:The 'influence' of Leo Frobenius is one that Léopold S. Senghor himself has acknowledged in rather profuse terms: 'And we still carry the mark of the master in our minds and spirits, like a form of tattooing carried out in the initiation ceremonies in the sacred grove'. This acknowledgment has usually been read as a gesture of dependence; as positive proof of the incorporation of Senghor into the totality of Western discourse. The present author wants to reread Senghor on Frobenius with a view to showing that this assumption concerning how 'others' read and use Western discourses may need serious revision; and that Senghor's apparently generous appropriations of the West, far from being evidence of subordination, point to a common African discursive practice of 'accommodation', a mode for negating that kind of obsessive concern for difference which is so central to European thought. This African mode substitutes the concept of 'other' for 'one' and 'another', thence creating the 'all', the concept of the 'universal' which is Senghor's challenge to Western discourse. Bibliogr.