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Black Orpheus - a classic text18 juillet 2012
Rupert C. Lewis
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This is Sartre at his best as he wrote on the poetry of Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor and the movement of Negritude which was an expression of the intellectual current of decolonization. "The Negro...creates an anti-racist racism", writes Sartre explaining the attitude of these militant Franco-phone black writers to the world of white supremacy which they not only rejected but affirmed a different road based on equality and justice. Sartre for me , is one of the great European intellectuals of the twentieth century.
SARTRE’S PREFACE TO AN ANTHOLOGY OF PAN-AFRICAN WRITERS21 février 2015
Steven H Propp
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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, and political activist, who wrote many other books such as Being and Nothingness, Existentialism....& Human Emotions, The Transcendence of the Ego, Search for a Method, Critique of Dialectical Reason, The Emotions: Outline Of A Theory, The Psychology of Imagination, Between Existentialism and Marxism, etc.
He begins this 1948 essay with the statement, “What would you expect to find, when the muzzle that has silenced the voices of black men is removed? That they would thunder your praise? When these heads that our fathers have forced to the very ground are risen, do you expect to read admiration in their eyes? Here, in this anthology, are black man standing, black men who examine us; and I want you to feel, as I, the sensation of being seen. For the white man has enjoyed for three thousand years the privilege of seeing without being seen.” (Pg. 7)
He continues, “I address myself to white men, to whom I wish to explain that which black men know already: why it is necessary through a poetic experience that the black man in his present situation must first take conscience of himself and, inversely, why [black] poetry in the French language is, in our times, the sole great revolutionary poetry.” (Pg. 11)
He concludes the essay by asking, “What will happen if the black… wishes to be considered only as a proletariat? What will happen if he no longer allows himself to be defined except by his objective condition; if he obliges himself, in order to right against the white capitalism, to assimilate the white techniques? Will the source of Poetry silence itself? Or indeed will the great black river, despite all, color the sea into which it hurls itself? No matter; to each epoch its poetry, for each epoch the circumstances of history elect a nation, a race, a class, to rise against the torch, in creating situations which can express or surpass themselves only through Poetry. At times the poetic clan coincides with the revolutionary clan and at times they diverge.” (Pg. 64-65)
One of Sartre’s most important “political” essays, despite having been written nearly fifty years ago.