Chester Himes, Jacques Derrida and inescapable colonialism: reflections on African philosophy from the diaspora

Mukandi, Bryan (2015) Chester Himes, Jacques Derrida and inescapable colonialism: reflections on African philosophy from the diaspora. South African Journal of Philosophy, 34 4: 526-537. doi:10.1080/02580136.2015.1113821


Author Mukandi, Bryan
Title Chester Himes, Jacques Derrida and inescapable colonialism: reflections on African philosophy from the diaspora
Journal name South African Journal of Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0258-0136
2073-4867
Publication date 2015-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02580136.2015.1113821
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 526
End page 537
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article, I read Chester Himes' Blind Man With a Pistol as the work of an African- American writer who takes Harlem to be a colonial space, and who attempts to think through the ways that are available for him to contribute to some degree of liberation for its black residents. I suggest that there are strong parallels between Himes' position and that of African philosophers, and that Himes' self critique is instructive. I read this against Derrida's thoughts on ‘monolingualism’ and philosophy as ‘a community of the question’, asking what learning the language that is not one's own and what induction into the community of the question entail for the marginal, those who I describe as being from neither Athens nor Jerusalem. I conclude by offering my response to what I take to be our inescapable colonial lot: poetry and laughter.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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