Cultural Exchange in a Black Atlantic Web: South African Literature, Langston Hughes, and Negritude

Graham, Shane
December 2014
Twentieth Century Literature (Twentieth Century Literature);Winter2014, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p481
Academic Journal
The article discusses the impact that African-American author Langston Hughes had on South African writers of the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on the life and work of writer Ezekiel Mphahlele. It explores the connections linking Hughes to these writers and to Peter Clark, Henry Nxumalo and others. It examines the implications of the South African critique of Negritude for Hughes' aim to build a global black literary community as an alternative to the modernist literary establishments of the West.


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