Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic Quarter a Century Later: Cultural Implications of African Diaspora’s Revision of Modernity

International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

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Title Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic Quarter a Century Later: Cultural Implications of African Diaspora’s Revision of Modernity
 
Creator Hamdoune, Lahoussine
 
Subject Black Atlantic; culture; diaspora; hybridity; memory; modernity; movement; nation
 
Description In his seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993) Paul Gilroy traces an account of the Black diaspora as a cosmopolitan, historical and cultural Atlantic phenomenon that challenges and corrects Modern construction of ‘culture,’ ‘nation,’ ‘history,’ and ultimately ‘identity.’ Although the book was conceived quarter a century ago, it still continues to influence Black Studies, Migration Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Diaspora Studies. The present paper intends to shed light and reflect on the two most influential aspects of Gilroy’s book today. One such aspect is Gilroy’s exploration of Black Atlantic histories of (criss)-crossing, migration, interconnection, travel, and exile-- together with the form, content, and performance of diasporic expressive forms-- to revisit the tradition of Modernity and Enlightenment rationality. The other aspect, following from the first, is that while interrogating “national,” “nationalistic,” and “ethnically absolutist paradigms” such as “Englishness,” “Africanism” and “tradition,” he highlights cultural hybridity, transnationality, and memory. By so doing he subverts modernity’s racialized monolithic definition of ‘culture’ and ‘nation (state)’ along with its construction and association with teleological historiography.
 
Publisher  Al-Kindi Center for Research and Development
 
Date 2020-12-30
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://al-kindipublisher.com/index.php/ijllt/article/view/909
10.32996/ijllt.2020.3.12.6
 
Source International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation; Vol. 3 No. 12 (2020): International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation; 47-55
2617-0299
2708-0099
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://al-kindipublisher.com/index.php/ijllt/article/view/909/734
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
 

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