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Melancholia Africana: The Indispensable Overcoming of the Black Condition (Creolizing the Canon) (Paperback)

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By Nathalie Etoke, Bill Hamlett (Translator), Lewis Gordon (Foreword by)
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Melancholia Africana argues that in the African and Afro-diasporic context, melancholy is rooted in collective experiences such as slavery, colonization, and the post-colony. From these experiences a theme of loss resonates-loss of land, of freedom, of language, of culture, of self, and of ideals born from independence. Nathalie Etoke demonstrates that, beyond territorial expropriation and the pain inflicted upon the body and the soul, the violence that seals the encounter with the 'other' annihilates an age-old cycle of life. In the wake of this annihilation, continental and diasporic Africans strive to reconcile that which has been destroyed with what has been newly introduced. Their survival depends on their capacity to negotiate the inherent tension of their historical becoming. The book develops a transdisciplinary method encompassing historicism, critical theory, Africana existential thought, and poetics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781786613011
ISBN-10: 1786613018
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Creolizing the Canon