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Discourse on Colonialism

ISBN-10: 1583670254

ISBN-13: 9781583670255

Edition: 2001

Authors: Aim� C�saire, Joan Pinkham, Robin D. G. Kelly

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C?saire's essay stands as an important document in the development of third world consciousness--a process in which [he] played a prominent role.--Library JournalThis classic work, first published in France in 1955, profoundly influenced the generation of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English,Discourse on Colonialisminspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75,000 copies to date.Aim? C?saire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of "progress" and "civilization" upon encountering the "savage," "uncultured," or "primitive." Here, C?saire reaffirms African values, identity, and culture, and their relevance, reminding us that "the relationship between consciousness and reality are extremely complex. . . . It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society." An interview with C?saire by the poet Ren? Depestre is also included.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 102
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Poet and politician Aim� C�saire was born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique on June 26, 1913. He attended high school and college in France. While in Paris, he helped found the journal Black Student in the 1930s. During World War II, he returned to Martinique and was mayor of Fort-de-France from 1945 to 2001, except for a break from 1983 to 1984. He also served in France's National Assembly from 1946 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1993. In 1946, he helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. Some of his best known works include the book Discourse on Colonialism, the essay Negro I Am, Negro I Will Remain, and the poem Notes from a Return to the Native Land. He was being treated for heart problems and other ailments when he died on April 17, 2008.

A Poetics of Anticolonialism
Discourse on Colonialism
An Interview with Aime Cesaire
Notes