New Book—« Léon-Gontran Damas: Une Négritude entière »


Léon-Gontran Damas: Une Négritude entière (January 2016), a collection of essays edited by Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo, is available for purchase at Éditions de L’Harmattan. [Our most enthusiastic congratulations to Hanétha!]

Description (Éditions de L’Harmattan): Léon-Gontran Damas lived a “total Négritude” by synchronizing his thoughts with his actions. His primacy and preeminence in the Negritude movement are undeniable. Yet his poetic and ideological contribution remains marginalized and trivialized. Therefore—while expanding an understanding of Damas’ particular poetry and of Negritude in general—this collection of critical reviews and corrective valorizations written by foremost scholars of the work of Léon-Gontran Damas, proposes to permanently abolish the marginalization and exclusion.

Léon-Gontran Damas: Born March 28, 1912, this Martinican-Guyanese writer is undoubtedly one of the least studied creators of the impressive school of thought called Negritude. There are few academic books on his work and on the specifics of his vision of Negritude. However, Damas is the first of the three thinkers and poets—Damas, Césaire, Senghor—to have published in the logic of the idea of Negritude. Moreover, the peculiarities of his writing—poetically and politically raging—are components that made of the Negritude movement a comprehensive revolutionary movement. Aime Césaire made the critical assertion (and the specialists have not highlighted this with the same insistence) that he would probably not have written Cahier d’un retour au pays natal if Damas had not first registered in his poems the unspeakable incandescent force that characterizes them. (Translated from a text by Hanétha Vété-Congolo; for full description, see

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