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Literary Primitivism$
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Ben Etherington

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781503602366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.001.0001

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Primitivism, Decolonization, and World Literature

Primitivism, Decolonization, and World Literature

(p.161) Conclusion Primitivism, Decolonization, and World Literature
Literary Primitivism

Ben Etherington

Stanford University Press

The conclusion recapitulates the central claims of the study, especially with regard to the phenomenological notion that primitivism was a “project,” and points to areas for further research. It also discusses in greater depth the politics of primitivism, especially the notion that it had a “decolonial horizon.” This is undertaken through a brief comparative discussion of two accounts of the Haitian revolution written in the 1930s, Guy Endore’s Babouk and C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins. It finishes by considering in what respects literary primitivism might be considered an event of “world literature.”

Keywords:   phenomenology, gender, decolonization, world literature, Guy Endore, Babouk, C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins, Aimé Césaire, Solar Throat Slashed

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