Author Miller, F. Bart
Title Rethinking Négritude Through Léon-Gontran Damas
Imprint New York : BRILL, 2014
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Series Francopolyphonies Ser. ; v.Vol. 16
Francopolyphonies Ser
Note Intro -- Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Background to Research on Léon-Gontran Damas -- Postcolonial Studies and Négritude -- Postcolonial Studies and Genre Theory: A New Approach to Négritude Literature -- Corpus and Chapter Structure -- Prefatory Note -- Chapter 1 Awakening to an Anti-Colonial Poetics: The Case of Pigments -- Postcolonial Poetics and the Context of -- Voicing Resistance in Damas's Poetry -- Recalling Adoption and Adaptation through Slavery and Exploitation Narratives -- Continued Adaptation and Emerging Adeptness through Rejections of Authority -- Becoming Adept through War -- Conclusion -- Chapter 2 Damas's Confrontation with Colonialism: Ethnographic Essayism and Anti-Colonial Critique in Retour de Guyane -- Ethnography, Colonialism and Retour de Guyane -- The Anti-Colonial Essay and Négritude -- In Pursuit of Gold -- Prison as a Literal and Metaphorical Framework -- Social Division and Cultural Lacunae -- Education and Servility -- Assimilation -- Conclusion -- Chapter 3 A Return to Guyane: The Use of the Folk Tale in Veillées noires -- Damas and Tètèche -- Oral Tradition and the Creation of Cultural Memory -- The Folk Tale as Resistance -- Tricksters and Gourmands -- Human Relations, the Supernatural and Spirituality -- Conclusion -- Chapter 4 Drinking to Remember: Pre-histories and Afterlives of Assimilation in Black-Label -- Memory and Exile -- Framing and Forming Black-Label through Memory -- Damas's Alcoholic Narrator in Black-Label -- Canto I - Memories of Contact -- Canto II - Magnification of a Personal History -- Canto III - Revisiting the Assimilation of Sicy-Chabine -- Canto IV - Escape as Imagination and Suicide -- Conclusion -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas analyses four cases in which Damasian Négritude shifted through generic experimentation: Pigments (1937), Retour de Guyane (1938), Veillées noires (1943) and Black-Label (1956). In doing so, it also advances scholarship on Damas (1912-1978) in two ways. On the one hand, it undertakes the crucial and in-depth research needed to challenge the understanding of Négritude as a bipartite (Césaire and Senghor) phenomenon. On the other hand, it offers an innovative reading of Damas whose work deserves more complete consideration than it has received thus far. Reading this essay will illuminate Damas's works and their relationship to one another, thus demonstrating the continuity of Damasian Négritude. F. Bart Miller holds a PhD in French Studies from the University of Liverpool. He is a specialist in French Caribbean Literature, and his other publications have appeared in International Journal of Francophone Studies, Romance Studies and in the volume Adaptation: Studies in French and Francophone Culture, in the series Modern French Identities, with Peter Lang publishers
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Link Print version: Miller, F. Bart Rethinking Négritude Through Léon-Gontran Damas New York : BRILL,c2014 9789042038264
Subject Damas, Léon-Gontran, -- 1912-1978 -- Criticism and interpretation.;Negritude (Literary movement);Literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.;Literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
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