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Black Paris : the African writers' landscape
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta.
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1998]

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xviii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PQ3981 .J85 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Documents the struggles and successes of three generations of African writers as they strive to establish their artistic, literary, and cultural identities in France. This book explores African writing and identity in France from the early negritude movement, and the founding of the Presence Africaine publishing house in 1947 to the mid-1990s.

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Jules-Rosette's skillfully crafted and readable work outlines the development of Francophone African writing from the early negritude movement of the 1940s and the founding the journal Presence africaine by Alioune Diop in 1947 to the universalism of the 1990s. The author (sociology, Univ. of California, San Diego) considers the early negritude works to be "narratives of longing and belonging" for the integration of blacks into Western civilization. In 1972, Stanislas Adotevi launched the antinegritude movement with the publication of Negritude et negrologues, which led to the revolutionary writing of the 1970s. Paul Dakeyo's poems of revolutionary love best represent a bridge between the writing of combat and the works of the intimate generation of Parisianists of the 1980s and the universalism of the 1990s. The book is invaluable on both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more advanced students researching Francophone African literature. Of related interest are Ir`ene Assiba d'Almeida's Francophone African Women Writers (CH, Apr'95), Michel Fabre's From Harlem to Paris (CH, Jun'92), and Bernard Binlin Dadie's An African in Paris (CH, Jun'95). Excellent translations of French texts, notes, chronology, and references. S. R. Schulman; Central Connecticut State University