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Decolonising the IntellectualPolitics, Culture, and Humanism at the End of the French Empire$
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Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380321

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380321.001.0001

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Léopold Sédar Senghor Politician and Poet between Hybridity and Solitude

Léopold Sédar Senghor Politician and Poet between Hybridity and Solitude

(p.38) 1Léopold Sédar Senghor Politician and Poet between Hybridity and Solitude
Decolonising the Intellectual

Jane Hiddleston

Liverpool University Press

In both his poetry and his political work, Senghor set himself up as a mediator between France and Africa; he dreamt of an ongoing and enriching cultural dialogue between peoples and believed that he could help create a Senegalese community harmoniously benefiting from the successes of two civilisations. Furthermore, as one of the founding fathers of the negritude movement, Senghor championed the emotion and sensuality of the black soul while insisting on the black man's continuing interaction with Europe in the service of a new ‘civilisation de l’universel’. Despite Senghor's influential status both as poet of negritude and as the first president of independent Senegal, however, this chapter examines the tensions inherent in his political thinking and his poetry.

Keywords:   Senghor, poetry, negritude, politics, humanism

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