The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy

Negritude, Vitalism, and Modernity

Serie: New Directions in Critical Theory 45

Donna V. Jones shows how Henri Bergson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the poets Leopold Senghor and Aime Cesaire fashioned the concept of life into a central aesthetic and metaphysical category, while also implicating it in discourses on race and nation. Les mer
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Donna V. Jones shows how Henri Bergson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and the poets Leopold Senghor and Aime Cesaire fashioned the concept of life into a central aesthetic and metaphysical category, while also implicating it in discourses on race and nation. Jones argues that twentieth-century vitalism cannot be understood separately from these racial and anti-Semitic discussions. She also illustrates how some dominant models of emancipation within black thought become intelligible only when in dialogue with the vitalist tradition. Jones's study strikes at the core of contemporary critical theory, integrating these older discourses into larger critical frameworks, and she traces the ways in which vitalism continues to draw from and contribute to its making.

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Introduction: The Resilience of Life 1. On the Mechanical, Machinic, and Mechanistic 2. Contesting Vitalism 3. Bergson and the Racial Elan Vital 4. Negritude and the Poetics of Life Acknowledgments Notes Index

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Donna V. Jones is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at Stanford University and Princeton University. Her next project is The Promise of European Decline: Race and Historical Pessimism in the Era of the Great War.