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Unmasking Reinvention: Manning Marable's Malcolm

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My treatment will be framed by Manning's proposition that "the art of reinvention in politics does demand the selective rearrangement of a public figure's past lives." For Malcolm, Manning submits, "self-invention was an effective way for him to reach the most marginalized sectors of the black community, by giving justification to their hopes." Manning observes that Malcolm's "narrative is a brilliant series of reinventions." Manning seems to imply at least two ideas here. First, Malcolm's "reinventions" are quintessentially representative of the American cultural persona to eliminate "embarrassing episodes" in one's life. Second, Malcolm's "reinventions" are based on the a priori assumption that, with each self-invention, he is consciously preparing himself for some preordained narrative that had been scripted long before he arrived at a social consciousness that would lead him into the Nation of Islam. Beyond an inquiry into the veracity of the specificities of personalities, events, and actions that fill the biographical narrative, I am interested in interrogating how Manning "handles" and interpets Malcolm's thinking. What shaped and defined the philosophical and ideological constraints in Malcolm's thinking in the mid-20th century?
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Hill, Ricky. "Unmasking Reinvention: Manning Marable's Malcolm" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p522421_index.html>

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Hill, R. "Unmasking Reinvention: Manning Marable's Malcolm" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p522421_index.html

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Abstract: My treatment will be framed by Manning's proposition that "the art of reinvention in politics does demand the selective rearrangement of a public figure's past lives." For Malcolm, Manning submits, "self-invention was an effective way for him to reach the most marginalized sectors of the black community, by giving justification to their hopes." Manning observes that Malcolm's "narrative is a brilliant series of reinventions." Manning seems to imply at least two ideas here. First, Malcolm's "reinventions" are quintessentially representative of the American cultural persona to eliminate "embarrassing episodes" in one's life. Second, Malcolm's "reinventions" are based on the a priori assumption that, with each self-invention, he is consciously preparing himself for some preordained narrative that had been scripted long before he arrived at a social consciousness that would lead him into the Nation of Islam. Beyond an inquiry into the veracity of the specificities of personalities, events, and actions that fill the biographical narrative, I am interested in interrogating how Manning "handles" and interpets Malcolm's thinking. What shaped and defined the philosophical and ideological constraints in Malcolm's thinking in the mid-20th century?


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