Definition of Negritude in English:

Negritude

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality or fact of being of black African origin.

    • ‘You end up parroting a simplistic vision of Canada where Blackness or Negritude doesn't exist ‘in anything like the way it does down south.’’
    • ‘Interpretations of this Ecole have tended to emphasize how the ideological tenets of Negritude determined its iconographic parameters and how the formal characteristics of European modernism informed its stylistic attributes.’
    • ‘Therin lay their Negritude, their black Africanism.’
    • ‘Perhaps we can make sense of all the things that happen when race and the American mainstream collide by looking at them through an updated idea of negritude; Negritude 2.0, if you will.’
    1. 1.1 The affirmation or consciousness of the value of black or African culture and identity.
      ‘Negritude helped to guide Senegal into independence with pride’
      • ‘Nardal was one of the first to advocate racial consciousness among the Antillean Francophone students, both men and women, including Aime Cesaire, Leon Damas, and Leopold Sedar Senghor, who would later represent Negritude.’
      • ‘Much in the way Negritude was important to the Surrealists, white avant-gardists value the poem for its legitimizing linkage to white avant-gardism.’
      • ‘So we have big sections on Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, Negritude, and (because we're writing out of the United States) the ‘Objectivist’ poets as well.’
      • ‘Concerned with the male-dominant discussions of Negritude, Sharpley-Whiting illuminates the path, which led to a significant black movement, taken by the outspoken and courageous Martinican women mentioned above.’
      • ‘This ideology recalls the 1930's Negritude of Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor as a project to restore dignity and humanity to black peoples everywhere.’
      • ‘This reading of Negritude highlights the irony of Senghor's project, which sought to revalorize African traditions and systems of thought but which essentially engaged in an intimate dialogue with France.’
      • ‘Ima Ebong considers the massive importance of Leopold Sedar Senghor's Negritude for artists in Senegal since independence.’
      • ‘In the poetry of Negritude, this reclamation of an imaginary Africa meant the privileging of rural, village life, local myths and heroes, and efforts to recapture the rhythms and lilt of the drumming and dancing of tradition.’
      • ‘In Wright's defense, I might point out that Wright wanted to counter some of the ideas of Negritude current at the time.’
      • ‘Senghor will also be remembered by many scholars, educators, and art lovers as the Poet of Negritude, together with his life-long friend and fellow traveler, the Martiniquan poet, educator, and political figure Aime Cesaire.’
      • ‘We believe that the weakness of early Pan-Africanism, Negritude and some forms of modern Afrocentrism are that they perpetuate some colonial patterns of thought in an anticolonial ideology.’
      • ‘The institutionalization of Negritude's tenets was most noticeable within the workings of the fine arts academy throughout the 1960s and 1970s.’
      • ‘The theoretician of Negritude, Jean-Paul Sartre, would have had it differently.’
      • ‘In fact, at Algiers, participants called for the demise of Negritude and the birth of national consciousness and arts.’
      • ‘When the footprints made by the shoes are not readily confused with the shoes themselves, what Negritude has also achieved can never be belittled.’
      • ‘Some critics have commented on the apparent contradictions between his African socialism, with its egalitarian schemes of economic relief, and the philosophy of Negritude, with its lofty ideals of cultural uplift.’
      • ‘Kenneth Rexroth claimed that Fields represented the arrival of Negritude in America, and she has been praised by such critics as Clarence Major and Eugene Redmond.’
      • ‘In the French-speaking territories, Negritude was another variant of Pan-Africanism.’
      • ‘Pan-Africanism, related to Negritude, is an intellectual movement borne in the era of Western modernism.’
      • ‘Artists working during the post-independence period pioneered an expressive genre of painting whose distinctive themes and styles were associated with the cultural ideology of Negritude and its promotion by President Senghor.’

Origin

1940s: from French négritude ‘blackness’.

Pronunciation

Negritude

/ˈnɛɡrɪtjuːd/