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Race and Sex across the French Atlantic

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Jean Genet's masterpiece Les N_gres was first published in 1958, in the midst of the Algerian war, and first performed at the... Weiterlesen
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Jean Genet's masterpiece Les N_gres was first published in 1958, in the midst of the Algerian war, and first performed at the ThZ%tre de Lut_ce in Paris in October 1959. Yet even though the play is more than 50 years old, it remains a fundamental contribution to critical race theory, as Genet unequivocally posits that no matter what a black person does or doesn't do, simply to be black in our times is itself a tragedy. Placing Genet in the context of Negritude movement, Race and Sex across the French Atlantic equally reveals and examines blackness within the African-American dialogue with a white French author's provocative questions about race: 'Is a black man always black?' and even more fundamentally, 'What is blackness?' Within this framework, to question 'blackness,' therefore, is to set out on an ontological quest, as 'blackness' has become a real, living thing in its own right within European ideology, social theory, and historical consciousness, even as Les N_gres has taken its place as a major text in the francophone and philosophical tradition of writing on race. In essence, this book concentrates on the way in which language-particularly the French language-has shaped ideas about race within transatlantic discourses, and, with its companion, continental philosophy, has also shaped the historical understanding of discourse on race. It navigates between multiple readings of race within the French Atlantic using Lorraine Hansberry's play Les Blancs, Dany Laferri_re's Comment faire l'amour avec un N_gre sans se fatiguer, Genet's dialogue with the Black Panthers, and different conceptions of the so-called N word. Race and Sex across the French Atlantic thus explores how Les N_gres offered a groundbreaking reading of how race functioned-and continues to function-as an all-pervasive discourse that provides a central principle around which society in general is organized. The play stages a deeply self-reflexive and critical examination of the very essence of 'blackness,' which, in Genet's world, is not simply about the color of a person's skin, but constitutes a critical function within socio-political and historical discourse. This book deals with an understanding of the concept of race in terms of alienation, and asks the question: Why, 50 years after the fact, given the long, historical, negative associations of the term Le N_gre in French language, does the title remain unchanged?


By Frieda Ekotto


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Chapter One: The Blacks and the Whites: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Race between Lorraine Hansberry and Jean Genet
Chapter 3 Chapter Two: Categorical Reason and Empire: Genet's Use of the N Word
Chapter 4 Chapter 3: It's About the N Word
Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Eroshima: The Meeting of the Black Man and the White Woman
Chapter 6 Conclusion: The Angel of History


Titel: Race and Sex across the French Atlantic
Untertitel: The Color of Black in Literary, Philosophical and Theater Discourse
EAN: 9780739141168
ISBN: 978-0-7391-4116-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Lexington Books
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 136
Veröffentlichung: 10.07.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.0 MB