By Janice Hamlet
During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from a number of features of African American tradition, refracted throughout the lens of Afrocentric notion. The ebook examines: Afrocentric ideology and technique; Afrocentric ways to the dynamics of communique; the Afrocentric effect at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, video clips and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.
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Rather, it would be more useful here to repeat and elaborate upon what has been said: literacy is the implementation of freedom, and the increasing ability of African Americans to implement freedom does signify social transformation. T h i s chapter has sought to indicate the philosophical infrastructure on which Afrocentric scholarship rests. This will, the author thinks, provide others with a way of operationalizing the definition of Afrocentricity. 24 THE AFROCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE Notes 1. I have been working with and expanding these terms since I came across them a decade ago while writing my dissertation.
My acquaintance with the concepts of freedom and literacy comes from my reading of Robert Stepto’s From Behind the Veil, and from a variety of things I have read by Northrop Frye. While African American literary analysis was the specific reason for my usage of these terms, further reading indicated that their philosophical basis rested in what Carl Jung calls the collective unconscious. Additional reading indicated that Jung’s notion of a collective unconscious is consistent with Richard Wright’s prosaic, yet profound observation of things unseen, and the more fundamental African orientation concerning death, ancestor veneration, and the role of the past (if indeed it is that) in structuring the present.
2. The systematic rescue of Nile Valley Civilizations by writers and scholars as diverse as Charles Fitch, Ivan Van Sertima, Asa Hilliard, Larry Williams, W Joye Hardirnan, Martin Bernal, Jacob Carruthers, and organizations like the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations are indicators of this fact. 3. ” 4. Ivory Toldson and Alfred D. Pasteur, Roots of Soul (Garden City, New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1982). 5. Naim Akbar notes in a speech that Jung asserts that the problem with America is that it is more or less infected by the African.