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The Handbook of Black Studies is the first resource to bring together research and scholarship in the field of African-American studies in one volume. Editors Molefi Kete Asante and Maulana Karenga, along with a pre-eminent group of contributors, examine various aspects of the field of Black Studies. Organized into three parts, this Handbook explores historical and cultural foundations, philosophical and conceptual bases, and critical and analytical concepts.

The Context of Agency: Liberating African Consciousness from Postcolonial Discourse Theory
The context of agency: Liberating african consciousness from postcolonial discourse theory
Virgilette NzinghaGaffin

Although African countries have been independent since the 1960s, criticism . of each country's art and literature continues to be heavily influenced by European literary models. Through Eurocentric analysis, African novels have been critiqued as having little literary merit and are often dismissed as mere journal entries of school-age children. Their dialogues are then labeled awkward and unrealistic, themes are denounced as situational, and plots are deemed either too obsessed with conflict or too biographical (see Chinweizu, Jemie, & Madubuike, 1983). Using this approach, interpretation of the literature falls short of the intended message from the author, and in many respects, the analysis ...

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