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Historiography in “Beginnings: Malcolm” by Amiri Baraka

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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.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 40)
M. Hosseini and H. Pirnajmuddin, "Historiography in “Beginnings: Malcolm” by Amiri Baraka", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 40, pp. 22-28, 2014
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