ON THE MARGIN OF BLACKNESS

Posted On Jul 18 2014 by

This article aims at proposing a contemporary view on the condition of black marginality. Based on an investigation of diachronic representations of African-American marginality, the article claims that the equation of nation, culture, language and literature is nowadays an obsolete truth and further argues that, as the present-day mobility of perspective renders any centre relative, the correlative notions of centre and margin prove to be circumstantial and self-effacing. The article then suggests that, in the multiplicity of relative centres, any category of identification, such as race or ethnicity, constitutes just one choice among others and goes on to investigate whether …


AMERICAN CULTURE AND UNDERSTANDINGS OF BLACKNESS

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Around the latter half of the 1960’s, in the academic circles around the world, and especially in the American academy, race and ethnicity came to the forefront as a new and important approach to the study of literature. Theorists belonging to all sorts of ethnic minority groups – Asian, African, Hispanic, etc. – became actively concerned with identity problems and with representing the white majority’s others. They became involved with the way in which the life of ethnic minorities was represented in a society dominated for centuries by white interests and cultural institutions. They were among the first to realize …