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Historiography in “Beginnings: Malcolm” by Amiri Baraka
Historiography in “Beginnings: Malcolm” by Amiri Baraka

Author(s): Maryam Hosseini, Hossein Pirnajmuddin
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: SciPress Ltd.
Keywords: Aimiri Baraka; “Beginnings: Malcolm”; historiography African American; myth of Esu/Elegba

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses Aimiri Baraka’s concern with the history of black people in his poem “Beginnings: Malcolm”. The writers try to shed some light on the way Baraka’s historiography challenges the white supremecist discourses through a rewriting of the African American past that blurs the boundaries of myth and history, fact and fiction, in a postmodern manner. It is argued that through the use of the central African myth of Esu/Elegba and drawing on traditions of Christianity and Western literature/culture, Baraka’s poem offers an uncanny insight into the past.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 40
  • Page Range: 22-28
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English