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The Aesthetics of Revolutionary Nationalism: Narratives of Social Movement in Ethnic American Literature

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Ragain,Nathan Dale (Author)
Publication Date:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9781267723376, http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/docview/1151451646/fulltextPDF/F93A48DB34F54B3EPQ/1?accountid=14553
Virginia: University of Virginia
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Literature, African Americans, Native Americans, Aesthetics, American studies, Nationalist movements, Sun Ra, Dumas, Henry, Silko, Leslie Marmon, Yamashita, Karen Tei, Brodber, Erna
238 p., Focuses on a strand of fiction and performance whose ambitious aesthetic aims both work within radical ethnic movements and exceed the identitarian strictures associated with these movements. Black Arts/Black Power, the American Indian Movement (AIM), and the multiethnic Third World Strike were profoundly transnational and cross-racial in their theory and practice. Shows how writers working within and after these movements developed experimental forms and figures that navigate between particular ethnic identities and a universalizable collective political subject. Drawing on a long-standing body of work that has shown the inseparability of politics and aesthetic form, I place revolutionary nationalist aesthetics in dialogue with a recent theoretical tradition that has reimagined universalist politics. Traces collaborations between Henry Dumas and Sun Ra, whose play with ontological categories does not easily fit Black Arts's strongly racialized context, through the fraught relationship between Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and AIM's political theater, to more recent retrospective accounts of nationalist movements by Karen Tei Yamashita and Jamaican novelist and anthropologist Erna Brodber.