African Athena: New Agendas

Hardcover | December 1, 2011

EditorDaniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, Tessa Roynon

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The appearance of Martin Bernal's Black Athena: The Afro-Asian Roots of Classical Civilization in 1987 sparked intense debate and controversy in Africa, Europe, and North America. His detailed genealogy of the 'fabrication of Greece' and his claims for the influence of ancient African and NearEastern cultures on the making of classical Greece, questioned many intellectuals' assumptions about the nature of ancient history. The transportation of enslaved African persons into Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, brought African and diasporic African people into contact in significant numbers with the Greek and Latin classics for the first time in modern history. In African Athena, the contributors explore the impactof the modern African disapora from the sixteenth century onwards on Western notions of history and culture, examining the role Bernal's claim has played in European and American understandings of history, and in classical, European, American and Caribbean literary production. African Athena examines the history of intellectuals and literary writers who contested the white, dominant Euro-American constructions of the classical past and its influence on the present.Martin Bernal has written an Afterword to this collection.

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The appearance of Martin Bernal's Black Athena: The Afro-Asian Roots of Classical Civilization in 1987 sparked intense debate and controversy in Africa, Europe, and North America. His detailed genealogy of the 'fabrication of Greece' and his claims for the influence of ancient African and NearEastern cultures on the making of classical...

Daniel Orrells was educated at King's College, University of Cambridge. He is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. Gurminder K. Bhambra holds degrees from the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics. She is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social Theory C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon.: IntroductionPart I: Myths and Historiographies, Ancient and Modern1. Maghan Keita: Believing in Ethiopians2. Patrice Rankine: Black Apolloa Martin Bernal's The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization Volume III and Why Race Still Matters?3. Partha Mitter: Greece, India and Race among the Victorians4. Margaret Malamud: Black Minerva: Antiquity in antebellum African American history5. Kenneth Goings and Eugene O Connor: Black Athena before Black Athena: The Teaching of Greek and Latin at Black Colleges and Universities6. Robbie Shilliam: Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God: Garveyism, Rastafari and Antiquity7. Anna Hartnell: Between Exodus and Egypt: Israel-Palestine and the break-up of the Black-Jewish Alliance8. Toby Green: Beyond Culture Wars: Reconnecting African and Jewish Diasporas in the Past and the Present9. Stephen Howe: Egyptian Athena, African Egypt, Egyptian Africa: Martin Bernal and Contemporary African Historical Thought10. Robert J. C. Young: The After-lives of Black AthenaPart II: Classical Diaspora / Diasporic Classics11. V. Y. Mudimbe: In the House of Libya: A Meditation12. Tim Whitmarsh: Hellenism, nationalism, hybridity: the invention of the novel13. Paolo Asso: The Idea of Africa in Lucan14. John H. Starks, Jr.: Was Black Beautiful in Vandal Africa?15. J. Mira Seo: Identifying Authority: Juan Latino, an African Ex-Slave, Professor and Poet in Sixteenth-Century Granada16. John Gilmore: John Barclay's Camella Poems: Ideas of Race, Beauty and Ugliness in Renaissance Latin Verse17. Brian H. Murray: 'Lay in Egypt's lap each borrowed crown': Gerald Massey and Late-Victorian Afrocentrism18. John Thieme: 'Not equatorial black, not Mediterranean white': Denis Williams Other Leopards19. Astrid Van Weyenberg: Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy: Performing Politics20. Edith Hall and Justine McConnell: Mythopoeia in the Struggle against Slavery, Racism, and Exclusive Afrocentrism21. Emily Greenwood: Dislocating Black Classicism: Classics and the Black Diaspora in the Poetry of Aime Cesaire and Kamau Brathwaite22. Tessa Roynon: The Africanness of Classicism in the Work of Toni MorrisonMartin Bernal: AfterwordDaniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon: Conclusion