World War Two, Twenty Year, TWO discussed on Coffee and Books


It's moment between the end of world war two and nineteen forty five in nineteen sixty five. There's this twenty year span in between the end of that war and the assassination of malcolm mathematics nineteen sixty five which is really kind of the the event in the moment that kind of changes the discourse really when we see the rise of black power and kind of insurgent black militancy that is accompanied in turn on on the side right by the rise of the black arts movement. But there's that moment in between it's kind of ill defined and and i'm really interested in what's going on in the literature of that era. And if in order to write a really good scholarly book that will make sense of that period and address. Those questions in the kinds of ways that i want to. I have to do that work of scholarship. I have to you know. Go into the archives. I have to work through very large bodies of secondary literature and in conversation with primarily other scholars conversation with a long line of eminent scholars. Who have thought long and hard about a literary history As such at course about the tradition of african american literature in particular. And when you write that kind of a book necessarily it's not going to be a book that can address itself to a kind of general audience. You hope that it. And i try even my scholarly writing to not get not be chewed jargon e or anything like that. I you know i i. I was kind of clarity of course but necessarily it's a specialized endeavor you know. I'm someone who has always felt that identifies a scholar also identify as i would just say as a writer and i think as a black writer special. We always felt that you know my my writing. Has i see myself. And i understand myself as coming within a tradition in and that means that i think about what that tradition in a certain sense i think requires of me if i can put it that way and that to me means thinking about how am i making all the incredible privilege that i've had to do all of this study right to spend years of my life in the library reading all these books having access to all of this knowledge. If i'm hoarding all of that knowledge for myself then only sharing it. Let's say with a with a scholarly audience insufficient to me in terms of my responsibilities as i understand it to the to the And so the sat to me. Is this form that. I think you know again has often been used as a way for you know intellectuals and black intellectuals right to say okay you have this this is where i stand professionally and i take pride in the scholarly work that i'm doing but the essay allows me to certain since two in this kind of amphibious way you know step out a little bit and write something that will speak to a wider audience and hopefully circulating a much wider way and that circulation is meaningful in the. It's not i should. I should make clear. you know. it's not for me just about imposing. My ideas are getting my ideas out to a wider world. A sense i'm interested in also writes circulating all the ideas that i'm exposed to because i had the opportunities right of being a scholar but that many other people don't necessarily have but i can give a kind of i can amplify right and i can give a kind of wider circulation too and so that that's me is something that i've always really valued that i think of as a kind of core aspect of what i do who are some. Sas that you think do that. Well were able to hit those notes..

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