Beyond Multiculturalism: Prophetic Foundations in Contemporary Afro-American Cultural Discourse

Hedda Ben-Bassat


My paper proposes to examine a particular aspect of the discourse used by Baldwin and other African-American artists in their attempt to re-create such intercourse with society. lt seems to me that in choosing their discourse these artists and intellectuals emphasize the need for transcendent perspectives that do not neglect the period's specific particulars, and interlace universal essence with concrete American existential realities.

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