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Keorapetse Kgositsile & the Black Arts Movement
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Keorapetse Kgositsile & the Black Arts Movement (Hardback)

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The cultural configurations of the Black Atlantic and, more broadly, the Black diaspora, cannot be fully understood without recognizing the presence and extensive influence of writers and artists from the African continent itself, among these the celebrated South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile. Yet, until now, there has been no full study of his work. Focusing on the matricentric archive in Kgositsile's work, Uhuru Phalafala's wide-ranging book illuminates a southern African modernity that was severely gendered, producing an inflection of modernity from the South deployed in anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, anti-apartheid, and civil rights struggles. She unveils the importance of oral/aural traditions, indigenous knowledge systems, and cosmologies that Kgositsile carried with him into and after exile - including the foundational influence of his mother and grandmother. These became nucleic to Kgositsile's transoceanic poetics, which his Black arts and Black power contemporaries learnt, reformed, performed, and reproduced in cultures of the Black Atlantic, illustrated in African American politics, Black studies programmes, and Black expressive cultures, from music to literature and the visual arts. A significant intervention in the transatlantic histories of Black modernity, Phalafala's book complicates and enriches discussions around the aesthetic, ontological, and epistemic contours of international Black radicalism.

UHURU PORTIA PHALAFALA is a Lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: James Currey Publication Date: 15/10/2021 ISBN-13: 9781847012777  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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