Title

Cosmopolitanism and Anticolonialism in Selected World War II Poems of Léopold Sédar Senghor

Publication Title

Migrance

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

Keywords

cosmopolitanism, anticolonialism, World War II poems, Léopold Sédar Senghor

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies | French and Francophone Language and Literature | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Abstract

In his poems about World War II, Senghor reveals a dualism in the blend of cosmopolitanism and anticolonialism that appears in his depiction of the disasters that the German army brought to Paris during the early years of the conflict. While he empathizes with the suffering that the attack brought to France, Senghor does not forget the similar pain that the French inflicted on the Senegalese during colonialism. Counterbalancing his cosmopolitan sympathy for the French victims of Nazi invasion, Senghor depicts the similar kind of racism and dispossession that the French perpetrated against Senegalese people and the Tirailleurs during the war.


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