Otherness and Literary Criticism in the African American Context from 1865 to 1964: A Metacritical Approach (PDF)


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Taking a postcolonial step, this book investigates the extent to which issues of Otherness affect African American evaluation of the white-dominated American society between 1865 and 1964. It is meant to be a metacritical study that explores the African American critical tradition so as to highlight how race, racism, and racialism have filtered down to its roots and contributed to making problematic the responsibility of the black critic in establishing a tradition that speaks for the black community.

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August 2018

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Komla M. Avono (PhD 2010 American literature, Université de Lomé (UL), Togo) is an assistant professor at the Department of English and the current director of UL libraries. He is author of a novel in French, “Condamné avec souci” (2016). He was a research fellow in literature and race as a Fulbright visiting scholar (2012-13) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also the secretary of “MultiFontaines”, a scholarly journal for the publication of articles on arts and humanities.