ERIC Number: EJ814783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 16
Is This an African I See before Me?
Wright, Handel Kashope
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v1 n4 p313-322 Sep 2007
In this speech, the author uses five moments of his own existence to speak to how he thinks the West conceptualizes and depicts Africa and Africans. This involves autobiography in a sense because he used his own life, but the discussion is not about him. It is about western conceptions and representations of Africans as reflected in the following five contextual moments, namely the present, his birth, his initial move to Canada, his more recent move to UBC (University of British Columbia), and the possible future. The author speaks mostly to how the academic disciplines in the west have contributed to western conceptions of Africa. He choses to play on Macbeth's soliloquy for the title of his talk to convey the idea that, in his view, Africa and Africans have been continuously mis-recognized and overdetermined by western academic discourses, seen not in reality, but as Africans of the Western mind, a false creation, proceeding from the collective historical and contemporary heat-prejudiced Eurocentric brain.
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Autobiographies, Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Blacks, Intellectual Disciplines, Literary Devices, Ethnic Stereotypes, Global Approach, Anthropology, Racial Identification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Canada