An African Voice

The Role of the Humanities in African Independence

An African Voice

Duke University Center for International Studies Publications

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Book Pages: 282 Illustrations: Published: April 1987

Author: Robert W. July

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African Studies

Through the work of leading African writers, artists, musicians and educators—from Nobel prizewinner Wole Soyinka to names hardly known outside their native lands—An African Voice describes the contributions of the humanities to the achievement of independence for the peoples of black Africa following the Second World War. While concentrating on cultural independence, these leading humanists also demonstrate the intimate connection between cultural freedom and genuine political economic liberty.

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Preface ix

Prologue: A Candle at Kilimanjaro 1

Part 1. The Crisis of Independence

1. Colonial Legacies 7

2. Présence Africaine and the Expression of Cultural Freedom 20

Part 2. The Arts and Cultural Independence

3. The Visual Arts and African Independence 47

4. The Independent African Theater 59

5. African Dance 82

6. Literary Perspectives of Cultural Independence 107

Part 3. Educational Independence

7. The Search for a Usable Past 129

8. The Idea of an African University 157

9. Organizing Africana 177

Part 4. A Modern African Civilization

10. The African Personality and Europe 201

11. An African Voice 227

Notes 245

Bibliography 257

Index 263
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-0769-3
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