Keorapetse Kgositsile & the Black Arts Movement [Hardback]

Uhuru Portia Phalafala(Author)

ISBN: 9781847012777 | Published by: James Currey | Series: African Articulations | Volume: 10 | Year of Publication: 2022 | 220p, H9.25 x W6.25, 5 b/w.
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Keorapetse Kgositsile & the Black Arts Movement


The cultural configurations of the Black Atlantic and, more broadly, the Black diaspora, cannot be fully understood without recognizing the presence and extensive influence of writers and artists from the African continent itself, among these the celebrated South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile. Yet, until now, there has been no full study of his work. Focusing on the matricentric archive in Kgositsile's work, Uhuru Phalafala's wide-ranging book illuminates a southern African modernity that was severely gendered, producing an inflection of modernity from the South deployed in anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, anti-apartheid, and civil rights struggles. Sheunveils the importance of oral/aural traditions, indigenous knowledge systems, and cosmologies that Kgositsile carried with him into and after exile - including the foundational influence of his mother and grandmother. These became nucleic to Kgositsile's transoceanic poetics, which his Black arts and Black power contemporaries learnt, reformed, performed, and reproduced in cultures of the Black Atlantic, illustrated in African American politics, Black studies programmes, and Black expressive cultures, from music to literature and the visual arts. A significant intervention in the transatlantic histories of Black modernity, Phalafala's book complicates and enriches discussions around the aesthetic, ontological, and epistemic contours of international Black radicalism.

UHURU PORTIA PHALAFALA is a Lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Black Radical Traditions from the South
Regarding the Matriarchive: A revolutionary, radical, and political writing life
Retrieved Mythologies and Cosmologies for Native Sons: The Last Poets
Futurist Memories: Visual interpretations of 'Towards a Walk in the Sun' in 21st-century America
Visions of Seers in the Black Power Movement: Visual interpretations in Black consciousness-era South Africa
Oceanic Poetics: Bridging African Studies and African Diaspora Studies
Coda: Black Radical Imagination: Another World is Possible

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