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LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka: The Motion of History

Tejumola Olaniyan

in Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195094053.003.0005
LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka: The Motion of History

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Inspired the repressive act of the colonial powers, LeRoi Jones (or known by his Muslim name, Amiri Baraka) capitalizes on his educational background and profession to come up with publications disputing the discourses of the Western civilizations. According to the commentaries, Baraka attempts to acquire an expressive identity and performative arguments in some of his writings—all of which put emphasis on reformations. It is asserted that to be able to employ changes, there must be recognition of the historical facts and contingencies. Despite the criticisms of Baraka's works, the idea that he contributed to the liberalization of his countrymen, the recovery from the black drama, and the restoration of the “spirituality of blackness” will be greatly appreciated by future generations of Africans.

Keywords: colonial powers; Western civilizations; black drama; blackness; Baraka

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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