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Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas by F. Bart Miller (review)

Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas by F. Bart Miller (review) F. Bart Miller, Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014, 261 pp. Miller's monograph is the first English-language book-length study in over twenty years of Léon-Gontran Damas (1912­1978), who along with Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor is considered one of the three fathers of Negritude. Considering the rise in recent years of Francophone Studies in tandem with the institutionalization of Postcolonial Studies in anglophone academia, this long gap is somewhat puzzling. Damas was long overdue for reconsideration and retheorization. Although Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas's is not entirely convincing in every particular of its argument, Miller's great contribution is to bring the long arc of Damas's intellectual itinerary to the attention of scholars who have largely missed the significance of his oeuvre. Miller wants to make sense of Damas's work by grafting genre studies onto Postcolonial Studies. He examines four of his principal works, one per chapter, by analyzing how Damas manipulates genre conventions while constructing his own version of Negritude, which Miller tucks into the larger academic discourse of Postcoloniality. The strongest chapters are those on Retour de Guyane (1938) and Veillées noires (1943), two key but lesser-known works by Damas. The first is a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas by F. Bart Miller (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 40 – Nov 11, 2016

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F. Bart Miller, Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014, 261 pp. Miller's monograph is the first English-language book-length study in over twenty years of Léon-Gontran Damas (1912­1978), who along with Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor is considered one of the three fathers of Negritude. Considering the rise in recent years of Francophone Studies in tandem with the institutionalization of Postcolonial Studies in anglophone academia, this long gap is somewhat puzzling. Damas was long overdue for reconsideration and retheorization. Although Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas's is not entirely convincing in every particular of its argument, Miller's great contribution is to bring the long arc of Damas's intellectual itinerary to the attention of scholars who have largely missed the significance of his oeuvre. Miller wants to make sense of Damas's work by grafting genre studies onto Postcolonial Studies. He examines four of his principal works, one per chapter, by analyzing how Damas manipulates genre conventions while constructing his own version of Negritude, which Miller tucks into the larger academic discourse of Postcoloniality. The strongest chapters are those on Retour de Guyane (1938) and Veillées noires (1943), two key but lesser-known works by Damas. The first is a

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Published: Nov 11, 2016

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