Summer 1969 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Pimping Blackness

Whispers From A Continent: The Literature of Black Africa by Wilfred Cartey. Random House, $8.95. Setting itself up as an aesthetic criterion on literature has been the most unfortunate aspect of the Black Power analysis, which is, we must remember, a political technique and not a cultural one. The arts have always resisted the constrictions of the political ordering (which does not mean that the arts are not political), have always viewed the political ordering as a necessary evil. The present Black Power analysis may clarify our heads regarding political and social confusion, but when it is used to organize what purports to be a serious literary study it traps us in, rather than liberates us from, political jargon. In most literary criticism, the literary elements organize the study, and if the result is a political philosophy, then fine; but to begin with the restrictive thesis of Black Power in an effort to reveal insight into a body of poetic works is to make impossible any

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Whispers From A Continent: The Literature of Black Africa by Wilfred Cartey. Random House, $8.95. Setting itself up as an aesthetic criterion on literature has been the most unfortunate aspect […]

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