What We Say, Who We Are

What We Say, Who We Are : Leopold Senghor, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Philosophy of Language

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In What We Say, Who We Are, Parker English explores the commonality between Leopold Senghor's concept of "negritude" and Zora Neale Hurston's view of "Negro expression." For English, these two concepts emphasize that a person's view of herself is above all dictated by the way in which she talks about herself. Focusing on "performism," English discusses the presentational/representational and externalistic/internalistic facets of this concept and how they relate to the ideas of Senghor and Hurston.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 134 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126512
  • 9780739126516

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Senghor's Discussion of "Negritude" and Hurston's Discussion of "Negro Expression" Chapter 2: Performism: A View Gleaned from Senghor and from Hurston Chapter 3: Performatives and Reflexivity in Light of Hurston's Ethnography and Fiction Chapter 4: Exchanges of Speech Chapter 5: Speech and Senses of Self in Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapter 6: Performism in the World
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Review quote

A groundbreaking exercise that demonstrates how the philosophy of language, often criticized as a purely ivory tower enterprise, may be applied in a positive manner to everyday life. Parker English helps us to interpolate the maxim, 'I am what I say,' with regard to such diverse areas as race, ethnicity, literature, music, acting, ritual, and friendship in manners that enrich our appreciation of human understanding. -- Barry Hallen, Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College and Associate in the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Res
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About Parker English

Parker English is professor of philosophy at Central Connecticut State University.
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