Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and the Lyric Regime by Carrie Noland

Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and the Lyric Regime

byCarrie Noland

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Carrie Noland approaches Negritude as an experimental, text-based poetic movement developed by diasporic authors of African descent through the means of modernist print culture. Engaging primarily the works of Aimé Césaire and Léon-Gontran Damas, Noland shows how the demands of print culture alter the personal voice of each author, transforming an empirical subjectivity into a hybrid, textual entity that she names, after Theodor Adorno, an "aesthetic subjectivity."

This aesthetic subjectivity, transmitted by the words on the page, must be actualized-performed, reiterated, and created anew-by each reader, at each occasion of reading. Lyric writing and lyric reading therefore attenuate the link between author and phenomenalized voice. Yet the Negritude poem insists upon its connection to lived experience even as it emphasizes its printed form. Ironically, a purely formalist reading would have to ignore the ways formal-and not merely thematic-elements point toward the poem's own conditions of emergence.

Blending archival research on the historical context of Negritude with theories of the lyric "voice," Noland argues that Negritude poems present a challenge to both form-based (deconstructive) theories and identity-based theories of poetic representation. Through close readings, she reveals that the racialization of the author places pressure on a lyric regime of interpretation, obliging us to reconceptualize the relation of author to text in poetries of the first person.

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Carrie Noland is professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology and Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture. Along with coediting two collections of essays, Migrations of Gesture (with Sa...
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Title:Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and the Lyric RegimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pagesPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231167040

ISBN - 13:9780231167048

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. "Seeing with the Eyes of the Work" (Adorno): Césaire's Cahier and Modernist Print Culture2. The Empirical Subject in Question: A Drama of Voices in Aimé Cesaire's Et les chiens se taisaient3. Poetry and the Typosphere in Leon-Gontran Damas4. Leon-Gontran Damas: Writing Rhythm in the Interwar Period5. Red Front / Black Front: Aimé Césaire and the Affaire Aragon6. To Inhabit a Wound: A Turn to Language in MartiniqueConclusionAppendix 1. English Translation of Léon-Gontran Damas's "Hoquet"Appendix 2. English Translation of Aimé Césaire's "Calendrier lagunaire"NotesIndex

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Refreshing and rigorously researched.... In short, Noland's work is a significant contribution to Negritude scholarship.