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The black Atlantic : modernity and double consciousness

Author: Paul Gilroy
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Afrocentrism. Eurocentrism. Caribbean Studies. British Studies. To the forces of cultural nationalism hunkered down in their camps, this bold book sounds a liberating call. There is, Paul Gilroy tells us, a culture that is not specifically African, American, Caribbean, or British, but all of these at once, a black Atlantic culture whose themes and techniques transcend ethnicity and nationality to produce something  Read more...
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Named Person: William Du Bois; Richard Wright
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Gilroy
ISBN: 0674076052 9780674076051 0674076060 9780674076068 0860914011 9780860914013
OCLC Number: 28112279
Description: xi, 261 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The black Atlantic as a counterculture of modernity --
Masters, mistresses, slaves, and the antinomies of modernity --
"Jewels brought from bondage" : black music and the politics of authenticity --
"Cheer the weary traveller" : W.E.B. Du Bois, Germany, and the politics of (dis)placement --
"Without the consolation of tears" : Richard Wright, France, and the ambivalence of community --
"Not a story to pass on" : living memory and the slave sublime.
Responsibility: Paul Gilroy.

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An account of the location of black intellectuals in the modern world following the end of racial slavery. The lives and writings of key African Americans such as Martin Delany, W.E.B. Dubois,  Read more...

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