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Philosophical Meditations on Richard Wright

By: Haile, James B., III(Edited by)

0739197789 / 9780739197783
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157 x 236 mm, 413 grams 168 pages
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Philosophical Meditations on Richard Wright is an edited collection that brings together philosophers, literary theorists, and theologians on the intersection of Richard Wright's corpus-novels, critical essays, travel writings, and poetry-and philosophical method.

This collection is a unique contribution to the academic discipline of philosophy as the first sustained philosophical engagement of an African American literary figure. Utilizing various philosophical methods-existentialism, phenomenology, and hermeneutics-this collection provides new perspectives on Wright's work as well as on the discipline of philosophy, engaging emergent theories of black existentialism, rethinking ontology and facticity and the meaning of race and the phenomena blackness in the United States, in the West, and the world at large.

Moreover, this collection allows us to realign Wright's work and challenges us to rethink our contemporary situation and issues, by tracing in his work the historical trajectory and many significant moments in the modernization of the world: the legacies of segregation in South and the anonymity and alienation of the urban North in the United States, the politicization of nationality and race in Europe, and the paradoxical relationship between the West in general, and in particular, black Americans to the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora.


1KBB USA, 2AB English, DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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