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African Literature and Culture

April 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in african-american studies, history

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African Literature and Culture

African American culture , while taken as a whole , confronts this silencing by creating moments of resistance or loopholes of draw back ‘ that not only speak to the resilience of African American people but also permit for the reconceptualization of literal and metaphorical bodies within certain delimiting social structures . It is the gap between the factual and the figurative that allows for the prospect of speaking a counter discourse of the black body . Cultural expressions such as dance , jazz [banner_entry_middle]

, and the visual arts give an alternative method of reclaiming the body as voice . However the African American literary tradition is discrete in those can fashion a public self ‘ in language that protests their dehumanizing conditions . This impulse to confirm , to map out the contours of one ‘s journey from repression to freedom in some cases , under girds the influence of African American writing and its ability to convert delimiting systems of critical interpretation through inspiration and innovative ways of thinking . This in turn provides the most inspiring view of cultural leisure as the quest for distinction and selfhood becomes the momentum for a restructuring of African American subjectivity . Moreover , this determination in acquiring a voice through the declaration of writing creates an emancipator spirit that fuses feeling into action and assists the disempowered see their circumstances in a different way and act to change them

Thus , racial logic and racial identity were inner throughout the many and diverse experiences of resistance to invasion and enslavement Though the racial divide did not guarantee racial unity , the rapidly consolidated color-line did provide a very effectual practical guidepost for evaluating loyalties and affording (or withholding ) trust . Just as the whites had resorted to racialized structures in escalating the massive projects of conquest and enslavement , so too did natives and blacks learn to work within the confines of the color-line in developing strategies of resistance to these social structures

Resistance practices were basically continuous . Racial solidarity served as a prerequisite for many types of resistance : from petty and quotidian acts of “foot-dragging ” theft , and disrupt , to daring and even sporadically world historical acts of revolt and revolution . Acts of resistance individual defiance , subversion , or escape on one side of the continuum , to organized uprisings , the creation of fugitive communities or insnumerous respects . In all these initiatives there was a mutual purpose a desire that conversant and guided the pursuit of freedom . This was the racial unity that usually overrode the myriad differences – ethnic political , status-based , and so on – amongst the occupied and enslaved

A quick look comparing both Western secular ethical systems and African customary socio-religious ethical systems divulges that the former are egoistic , while the latter are less egoistic and more eudemonistic Egoism is the theory that the self and not the society are inner to social activities . Western ethical systems are usually based on this theory . In African traditional societies , the welfare of the individual was a purpose and consequence of the… [banner_entry_footer]

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