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Title:The co-centrality of racial conciliation in Negritude literature
Author:Asante-Darko, KwakuISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:31
Issue:2
Pages:151-162
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:Negritude
literature
literary criticism
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v031/31.2asante-darko.pdf
Abstract:There is a discouraging gap between the texts of African anticolonial literature of the period 1940-1960, on the one hand, and their literary appreciation, on the other. This is particularly evident in the texts of Negritude literature. Critics of this literature overemphasized the vitriol of angry protest at the cost of the themes of racial reconciliation and harmony, which were equally central in the works of this period. The present author argues that Negritude has three dimensions: an aggressive, a conciliatory and an inventive one. An analysis of a number of writings by David Diop, Chinua Achebe, Camara Laye, and Léopold Sedar Senghor shows that aspects of racial conciliation and harmony were present in their texts. By not recognizing the co-centrality of racial conciliation in Negritude literature, critics of the literary discourse of the period have distorted the truth about Negritude. Bibliogr.
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