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Title:Aimé Césaire, 1913-2008: poet, politician, cultural statesman
Editor:Murdoch, H. Adlai
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
festschrifts (form)
About person:Aimé Césaire (1913-2008)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/toc/ral.41.1.html
Abstract:This commemorative issue is dedicated to the poet, politician and co-leader of the Negritude movement, Aimé Césaire (1913-2008). After an introductory article on the double life of Aimé Césaire by the editor, Bernadette Cailler's essay, 'Aimé Césaire, a warrior in search of beauty', examines several tributes following Césaire's death on 17 April 2008. René Larrier's piece, 'A tradition of literacy: Césaire in and out of the classroom', discusses colonial literacy and the extent to which the model embodied by Césaire stands in stark contrast to the goal of French colonial education. In 'Is there unity in the writings of Aimé Césaire?', Thomas A. Hale and Kora Véron examine the complex connections between Césaire's literary works and his work in other fields, especially politics. In ''What is mine': Césairean Negritude between the particular and the universal', Doris L. Garraway reconsiders Césaire's most important theoretical construct, Negritude, in the light of the anti-essentialist turn in postcolonial studies. In 'Aimé Césaire's 'Letter to Maurice Thorez': the practice of decolonization', Cilas Kemedjio examines the rationale undergirding Césaire's resignation from the French Communist Party in 1956. Ronnie Scharfman's 'Aimé Césaire: poetry is/and knowledge' seeks to demonstrate the dialectical relationship between practice and theory in Césaire's writing. In 'The incandescent I, destroyer of worlds', Nick Nesbitt examines Césaire's work as the articulation of a poetics and politics of the universal. Gregson Davis's article, 'Negritude-as-performance: the interplay of efficacious and inefficacious speech acts in 'Cahiers d'un retour au pays natal', points the way to a reading of the 'Cahier' that sees it as a verbal enactment of the poet's conception of Negritude. Finally, Suzanne Dracius's combined meditation/memoir pays homage to the lost voice of Suzanne Césaire. [ASC Leiden abstract]