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Author Baer, Ben Conisbee, author

Title Indigenous vanguards : education, national liberation, and the limits of modernism / Ben Conisbee Baer
Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Modernist latitudes
Modernist latitudes.
Contents Harlem/Berlin : shadows of vanguards between Prussia and Afro-America -- Negritude (slight return) : the African laboratory of bicephalingualism -- Negritude (slight return) II : Aimé Césaire and the upcoming apparatus -- Educating Mexico : D.H. Lawrence and indigenismo between postcolonial horror and postcolonial hope -- India outside India : Gandhi, fiction, and the pedagogy of violence
Summary The interwar period witnessed an unprecedented emergence of anticolonial movements in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Their vanguard intellectuals were preoccupied with the education of future postcolonial citizens, hoping to teach independent thought and enable participation in a nonimperial world. In order to undo the cultural destruction of colonialism, they sought to reimagine indigenous collective forms at the same time as drawing upon structures and technologies of modern public education. In Indigenous Vanguards, Ben Conisbee Baer provides a theoretical and historical account of the relationships between modern literature, representations of indigeneity by cultural vanguards, and practices of teaching and learning in colonial zones from the 1920s to the 1940s. He shows how modernizing educative projects existed in complex tension with impulses to indigenize liberation movements, and how this tension manifests as a central aspect of modernist aesthetics. Offering new readings of figures such as Alain Locke, Léopold Senghor, Aimé C ésaire, D. H. Lawrence, Rabindranath Tagore, and Mahatma Gandhi, Baer draws unexpected connections among colonial intellectuals and artists that underscore the importance of class and educational continuities. The first study of modernism and colonialism that encompasses the central place of teaching and learning both in modernist aesthetics and on the part of writer-activists, Indigenous Vanguards forges new links between literary modernism and postcolonialism in a transnational, multilingual frame
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Decolonization.
Education, Colonial -- History -- 20th century.
Indigenous peoples -- Education -- History -- 20th cenetury
Modernism (Aesthetics)
National liberation movements.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231548966 (electronic bk.)
9780231548960 (electronic bk.)