The Macat Library

African Studies

  • An Image of Africa

    Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness, 1st Edition

    By Clare Clarke, Lindsay Scorgie-Porter

    Few works of scholarship have so comprehensively recast an existing debate as Chinua Achebe’s essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Achebe – a highly distinguished Nigerian novelist and university teacher – looked with fresh eyes at a novel that was set in Africa, but in which Africans appear…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Souls of Black Folk

    1st Edition

    By Jason Xidias

    W.E.B Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk is a seminal work in the field of sociology, a classic of American literature – and a solid example of carefully-structured reasoning. One of the most important texts ever written on racism and black identity in America, the work contains powerful arguments…

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  • Why We Can't Wait

    1st Edition

    By Jason Xidias

    Martin Luther King’s policy of non-violent protest in the struggle for civil rights in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century led to fundamental shifts in American government policy relating to segregation, and a cultural shift in the treatment of African Americans. King’…

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  • Characteristics of Negro Expression

    1st Edition

    By Mercedes Aguirre, Benjamin Lempert

    The racial prejudices of 1930s America were many, and included a common presumption that African American art was unoriginal – merely poorly copying white culture. African-American novelist, anthropologist and essayist Zora Neale Hurston crushingly evaluated such assumptions in her 1934 essay ‘…

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  • Playing in the Dark

    Whiteness in the American Literary Imagination, 1st Edition

    By Karina Jakubowicz, Adam Perchard

    Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination is a seminal piece of literary criticism, and a masterclass in the critical thinking skill of interpretation. Interpretation plays a vital role in critical thinking: it focuses on interrogating accepted meanings and laying…

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