CLAS alumnus Dr Bart Miller has published a book about the works of Léon-Gontran Damas in Rodopi’s Francopolyphonies series. The book is based on Bart’s 2012 doctoral thesis, detailed in a previous blog post.

Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas examines generic experimentation in Damas’s literary works…




Rethinking Négritude through Léon-Gontran Damas analyses four cases in which Damasian Négritude shifted through generic experimentation: Pigments (1937), Retour de Guyane (1938), Veillées noires (1943) and Black-Label (1956). In doing so, it also advances scholarship on Damas (1912-1978) in two ways. On the one hand, it undertakes the crucial and in-depth research needed to challenge the understanding of Négritude as a bipartite (Césaire and Senghor) phenomenon. On the other hand, it offers an innovative reading of Damas whose work deserves more complete consideration than it has received thus far. Reading this essay will illuminate Damas’s works and their relationship to one another, thus demonstrating the continuity of Damasian Négritude.

We offer Bart our warmest congratulations on this excellent achievement.