- 125 pages
- Works from 16 Caribbean and African writers
- Focuses on French African literature
Featuring the works of Caribbean and African authors, this compact anthology leads your class on an eye-opening journey alongside the poets who initiated and defined the Négritude movement. As founders, Léopold Sédar Senghor and Aimé Césaire receive special attention. But every writer's contributions help students understand the struggle of a people, separated by vast distance, attempting to define Black identity in opposition to French colonial rule.
The new edition of this fundamental volume adds three poets, including Mariama Bâ, to the already comprehensive study. Maps of each author's birthplace anchor the authors in the real world, facing adversity across continents. Students will find the definitions to words they are unlikely to have seen before in the footnotes. Every poem concludes with questions, and every section ends with ideas for "reflection and composition" enticing students into a more thorough discussion of the movement as a whole.
This text was designed for intermediate or advanced high school and college courses, with some poems that are easier than others. It can studied as a literary movement or used as part of a larger discussion of French African literature. Négritude et Nouveaux Mondes is also available as an eTextbook.