Tradition and the Black Atlantic : Critical Theory in the African Diaspora

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/24/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'sTradition and the Black Atlanticis both a vibrant romp down the rabbit hole of cultural studies and an examination of the discipline's roots and role in contemporary thought. In this conversational tour through the halls of theory, Gates leaps from Richard Wright to Spike Lee, from Pat Buchanan to Frantz Fanon, and ultimately to the source of anticolonialist thought: the unlikely figure of Edmund Burke.ThroughoutTradition and the Black Atlantic, Gates shows that the culture wars have presented us with a surfeit of either/ors--tradition versus modernity; Eurocentrism versus Afrocentricism. Pointing us away from these facile dichotomies, Gates deftly combines rigorous scholarship with humor, looking back to the roots of cultural studies in order to map out its future course.

Author Biography

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. The author of numerous books, including the American Book Award–winning The Signifying Monkey, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Enlightenment's Esaup. 1
Fade to Black: From Cultural Studies to Cultural Politicsp. 33
Critical Fanonismp. 83
Beyond the Culture Wars: Identities in Dialoguep. 113
Acknowledgmentsp. 165
Notesp. 167
Indexp. 187
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