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“Is U Is Or Is U Ain’t” Black?: Don L. Lee, The Black Arts Movement, and the Call for Collective Catharsis

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This paper will focus on the goal of Black Arts poet, publisher and scholar Don L. Lee (now, Haki Madhubuti) to publicize and perform Frantz Fanon's theory of “collective catharsis,” of African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s in order to bring them to a communal consciousness. Lee, like other artists operating within this movement, composed pieces that were self-reflective, deconstructive and, paradoxically, reconstructive to the black identity. Selected pieces from his collections Black Words That Say: Don’t Cry, Scream (1969) and We Walk the Way of the New World (1970) will compose the structure of my analysis of the theories of Fanon and a host of other scholars from the Black Arts Movement. Some goals for this paper include: 1) the establishment of a working definition of “collective catharsis” as posited by Fanon and supported by re-readings of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Harold Cruse; connecting the evolved and adapted theories of Black Arts critics and scholars to Fanon’s definition in length; and finally, showing selected works of Lee/Madhubuti as the theory of Fanon (and the later theorists) in practice.
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Davis, Markeysha. "“Is U Is Or Is U Ain’t” Black?: Don L. Lee, The Black Arts Movement, and the Call for Collective Catharsis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377758_index.html>

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Davis, M. D. "“Is U Is Or Is U Ain’t” Black?: Don L. Lee, The Black Arts Movement, and the Call for Collective Catharsis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 94th Annual Convention, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p377758_index.html

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Abstract: This paper will focus on the goal of Black Arts poet, publisher and scholar Don L. Lee (now, Haki Madhubuti) to publicize and perform Frantz Fanon's theory of “collective catharsis,” of African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s in order to bring them to a communal consciousness. Lee, like other artists operating within this movement, composed pieces that were self-reflective, deconstructive and, paradoxically, reconstructive to the black identity. Selected pieces from his collections Black Words That Say: Don’t Cry, Scream (1969) and We Walk the Way of the New World (1970) will compose the structure of my analysis of the theories of Fanon and a host of other scholars from the Black Arts Movement. Some goals for this paper include: 1) the establishment of a working definition of “collective catharsis” as posited by Fanon and supported by re-readings of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Harold Cruse; connecting the evolved and adapted theories of Black Arts critics and scholars to Fanon’s definition in length; and finally, showing selected works of Lee/Madhubuti as the theory of Fanon (and the later theorists) in practice.


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