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The Resource The racial discourses of life philosophy : negritude, vitalism, and modernity, Donna V. Jones

The racial discourses of life philosophy : negritude, vitalism, and modernity, Donna V. Jones

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The racial discourses of life philosophy : negritude, vitalism, and modernity
Title
The racial discourses of life philosophy
Title remainder
negritude, vitalism, and modernity
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Donna V. Jones
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Language
eng
Summary
"In the early twentieth century, the life philosophy of Henri Bergson summoned the élan vital, or vital force, as the source of creative evolution. Bergson also appealed to intuition, which focused on experience rather than discursive thought and scientific cognition. Particularly influential for the literary and political Négritude movement of the 1930s, which opposed French colonialism, Bergson's life philosophy formed an appealing alternative to Western modernity, decried as 'mechanical, ' and set the stage for later developments in postcolonial theory and vitalist discourse. Revisiting narratives on life that were produced in this age of machinery and war, Donna V. Jones shows how Bergson, Nietzsche, and the poets Leopold Senghor and Aimé Césaire fashioned the concept of life into a central aesthetic and metaphysical category while also implicating it in discourses on race and nation. Jones argues that twentieth-century vitalism cannot be understood separately from these racial and anti-Semitic discussions. She also shows that some dominant models of emancipation within black thought become intelligible only when in dialogue with the vitalist tradition. Jones's study strikes at the core of contemporary critical theory, which integrates these older discourses into larger critical frameworks, and she traces the ways in which vitalism continues to draw from and contribute to its making."--Jacket
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DLC
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1964-
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Jones, Donna V.
Dewey number
809/.93355
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.L52
LC item number
J66 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New directions in critical theory
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life in literature
  • Race in literature
  • Vitalism in literature
  • Negritude (Literary movement)
  • Vitalisme (filosofie)
  • Négritude
  • Bellettrie
  • Gegenbewegung (Soziologie)
  • Literatur
  • Négritude
  • Sozialer Wandel
  • Überlegenheit
  • Weiße
Label
The racial discourses of life philosophy : negritude, vitalism, and modernity, Donna V. Jones
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Resilience of Life --- 1. On the Mechanical, Machinic, and Mechanistic -- 2. Contesting Vitalism -- 3. Bergson and the Racial Elan Vital -- 4. Négritude and the Poetics of Life
Control code
429816919
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 231 pages
Isbn
9780231518604
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2009031388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)429816919
Label
The racial discourses of life philosophy : negritude, vitalism, and modernity, Donna V. Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Resilience of Life --- 1. On the Mechanical, Machinic, and Mechanistic -- 2. Contesting Vitalism -- 3. Bergson and the Racial Elan Vital -- 4. Négritude and the Poetics of Life
Control code
429816919
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 231 pages
Isbn
9780231518604
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2009031388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)429816919

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