Title

Richard Wright and African Francophone Intellectuals: A Reassessment of the 1956 Congress of Black Writers in Paris

Publication Title

African and Black Diaspora

Publication Date

1-2009

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/17528630802513425

Keywords

Richard Wright, African francophone intellectuals, 1956 Congress of Black Writers, Paris

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies | American Literature | French and Francophone Language and Literature

Abstract

This study examines the ambivalent relationships that Richard Wright had with African francophone intellectuals such as Leopold Sedar Senghor and Alioune Diop, who were involved in African anti-colonial struggles in France during the 1930s and 1950s when he was committed to African American struggle for equality, justice, and freedom. In an attempt to re-evaluate the African American writer's participation in the 1956 Congress of Black Writers in Paris, this essay explores Wright's views on the Pan-Africanist ideas and concepts of culture and race that Senghor and Diop expressed in their convention speeches and analyzes the pivotal role that Wright had in the development of Presence Africaine and Negritude despite his condescending views about Africans.


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