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The Politics of Richard WrightPerspectives on Resistance$
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Jane Anna Gordon and Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175164

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.001.0001

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Seizing Freedom with Simone de Beauvoir

Seizing Freedom with Simone de Beauvoir

(p.159) 10 Seizing Freedom with Simone de Beauvoir
The Politics of Richard Wright

Lori J. Marso

University Press of Kentucky

Beauvoir and Wright met in France in 1946, and Wright was Beauvoir’s host when she came to the United States in 1947. Together they talked about race, gender, and oppression. In this chapter, Lori J. Marso engages these conversations across their work, taking up Wright’s early writings in 12 Million Black Voices, his trip to Ghana after the victory of Kwame Nkrumah, and his address to the Paris Congress of Black Writers in 1956. With Wright and Beauvoir in conversation, the dangers of identity politics are illuminated and an alternative source of solidarity emerges. Both take seriously the weight of identity in creating oppression but refuse to yield to it as a political strategy.

Keywords:   Simone de Beauvoir, solidarity, freedom, gender, oppression, identity, Nkrumah, Paris Congress of Black Writers conversation, existentialism, Ghana

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