Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French

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University of Chicago Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 267 pages
"Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French is a brilliant and altogether convincing analysis of the way in which Western writers, from Homer to the twentieth century have . . . imposed their language of desire on the least-known part of the world and have called it 'Africa.' There are excellent readings here of writers ranging from Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Sade, and Céline to Conrad and Yambo Ouologuem, but even more impressive and important than these individual readings is Mr. Miller's wide-ranging, incisive, and exact analysis of 'Africanist' discourse, what it has been and what it has meant in the literature of the Western world."—James Olney, Louisiana State University
 

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Contents

Deriving a Discourse
3
Black and White in Color
69
Je est un nègre or Rimbauds Africanist Adventures
139
Africanist Narrative
167
Sades Aline et Valcour
184
Nothing to Report
201
Plagiarism and Dismemberment in Yambo
216
Conclusion
246
Index
265
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Christopher L. Miller is professor of French and Afro-American Studies at Yale University.

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