Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This project would probably have never been accomplished without the help of many people. My deepest appreciation goes, thus, to all those that I will not be able to name in these short acknowledgements. I owe a special thanks to a number of people whose guidance...

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Introduction: Decolonialitude: The Brighter Side of Negritude

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pp. 1-11

The Trium Vira, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, and Léon-Gontran Damas, met in France during the turbulent times of the 1930s. It was a time when, in the name of the modern paradigm and its corollary, the universalization of “Western reason,”...

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1. The Limits of the Colonial Paradigm: Negritude and Its Critique

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pp. 12-34

The early 1930s can be presented as the golden age of the Negritude movement. During this vibrant time, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, and Léon Gontran Damas, along with a number of other intellectuals of African descent such as Paulette...

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2. Negritude, Epistemology, and African Vitalism

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pp. 35-68

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries mark a radical shift in the historiography of race theory. In reaction to the traditional biblical genealogy, Western thinkers such as Friedrich Blumenbach, Carolus Linnaeus, and Arthur Gobineau develop a biological...

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3. Metissages

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pp. 69-90

i met Léopold Sédar Senghor for the first time in 1987, at my uncle’s wedding. At that time, my family was extremely proud of my brother Edouard. He was the most brilliant student in his class, the best checkers player in our neighborhood, one of...

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4. Negritude Is not Dead!

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pp. 91-110

Since the 1940s the historiography of African studies has been obsessed with the death of Negritude. From Sartre’s first systematic critique of the movement to the theory of post-negritude, through the famous conference of Algiers, scholars of African studies such...

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Conclusion

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pp. 111-122

These verses, from Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem, “A Prayer for Peace,” denote the epistemic stand from which he develops the philosophy of Negritude. Beside the conciliatory tone of the excerpt, “A Prayer for Peace” indicates that Negritude is an attempt...

Notes

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pp. 123-134

Bibliography

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pp. 135-142

Index

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pp. 143-150