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Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual

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Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, became known as one of the most militant, anti-white black nationalists of the 1960s Black Power movement. An advocate of Black Cultural Nationalism, Baraka supported the rejection of all things white and western. He helped found and direct the influential Black Arts movement which sought to move black writers away from western aesthetic sensibilities and toward a more complete embrace of the black world. Except perhaps for James Baldwin, no single figure has had more of an impact on black intellectual and artistic life during the last forty years.

In this groundbreaking and comprehensive study, the first to interweave Baraka's art and political activities, Jerry Watts takes us from his early immersion in the New York scene through the most dynamic period in the life and work of this controversial figure. Watts situates Baraka within the various worlds through which he travelled including Beat Bohemia, Marxist-Leninism, and Black Nationalism. In the process, he convincingly demonstrates how the 25 years between Baraka's emergence in 1960 and his continued influence in the mid-1980s can also be read as a general commentary on the condition of black intellectuals during the same time. Continually using Baraka as the focal point for a broader analysis, Watts illustrates the link between Baraka's life and the lives of other black writers trying to realize their artistic ambitions, and contrasts him with other key political intellectuals of the time. In a chapter sure to prove controversial, Watts links Baraka's famous misogyny to an attempt to bury his own homosexual past.

A work of extraordinary breadth, Amira Baraka is a powerful portrait of one man's lifework and the pivotal time it represents in African-American history. Informed by a wealth of original research, it fills a crucial gap in the lively literature on black thought and history and will continue to be a touchstone work for some time to come.

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In an age when Western feminism is continuously undergoing redefinition, the struggles of women in Muslim countries are often overlooked. This volume illustrates how women in Islamic societies have become more actively involved not only in learning their rights under the sharia (Islamic law) but in rereading this law to improve their status and gain increased equality and freedom. Surveying Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Arab societies in general, the essays in feminism and Islam focus on such subjects as crimes of honor and the construction of gender in Arab societies; law and the desire for social control; women ad entrepreneurship; family legislation; and the political strategies of feminists in the Islam world.

About the Author

Jerry G. Watts is associate professor of American Studies and Political Science at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Author of Heroism and the Black Intellectual: Ralph Ellison, Politics, and Afro-American Intellectual Life, his articles have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, Dissent, and New Politics, among many others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814793732
Author:
Watts, Jerry Gafio
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Watts, Jerry G.
Author:
Watts, Jerry
Author:
Yamani, Mai
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Blacks in literature
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
Baraka, imamu amiri, 1934-
Subject:
BLACK STUDIES_USA_ENGLISH_c1960 TO c1970
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In an age when Western feminism is continuously undergoing redefinition, the struggles of women in Muslim countries are often overlooked. This volume illustrates how women in Islamic societies have become more actively involved not only in learning their rights under the sharia (Islamic law) but in rereading this law to improve their status and gain increased equality and freedom. Surveying Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Arab societies in general, the essays in feminism and Islam focus on such subjects as crimes of honor and the construction of gender in Arab societies; law and the desire for social control; women ad entrepreneurship; family legislation; and the political strategies of feminists in the Islam world.
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