Simon Gikandi, Charles Taylor

Random: I ought also to take a look at Dana Nelson’s 1992 book, The Word in Black and White: Reading ‘Race’ in American Literature, 1638-1867.

The people in this title are also people I did not read when I should have done twenty years ago. Gikandi has written on modernism and colonialism and he agrees with Taylor on modernism as the epiphany of modernity and not a response to its “crisis.” Modernism uses abstraction as an indirect way to come into contact wi ive. the primitth the fulness of life.

According to Taylor, that was the merging with the other, which means questions of race and the primitive are fundamental. In this piece (in Geomodernisms) Gikandi discusses many of the contradictions that arise here and I am reminded of O. de Andrade’s jokes about the use of the primitive.

Key: modernity HAS to transfer cultural capital upward (if up is white). See 42.  At the bottom of it all is the attempt to appropriate the other and then a fear of this otherness.  Modernism’s project is to find energy in the other but then bring it back in Eurocentric terms.

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