While the field of aesthetics has long been dominated by European philosophy, recent inquiries have expanded the arena to accommodate different cultures as well as different definitions. In this volume, scholars and teachers in the fields of African and African American studies advance the debate over the nature of African aesthetics, approaching the subject from a broad range of disciplines.
Introduction The Foundations The Concept of Nzuri: Towards Defining an African Centered Aesthetic; The African American Aesthetic and National Consciousness: Optimal Afrocentric Thought; The African Diasporan Ritual Mode: A Paradigm for the Analysis of Plays from the African Continuum; Location Theory and African Aesthetics; The African Aesthetic and National Consciousness Applications Mpai: Libation Oratory; Aesthetic Practices Among African-American Women: An Examination of the Relevance of Three Competing Motivations; Jazz Literature and the African-American Aesthetic; The Search for an Afrocentric Visual Aesthetic; Aesthetics and African American Musical Expression; Prospects The Aesthetics of Nommo in the Films of Spike Lee: "School Daze" and "Do The Right Thing" Zora Neale Hurston's Transmutation and Synthesis of Nommo: Reclamation of a Legacy Art for Life's Sake: African Art as a Reflection of an Afrocentric Cosmology Conclusion Keeper of the Traditions: A Bibliographic Essay in African Aesthetics Index
KARIAMU WELSH-ASANTE is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Director of the Institute for African Dance at Temple University. Her areas of academic specialization include African aesthetics and culture and African and African American dance, and her published books include African Culture: Rhythms of Unity (Greenwood Press, 1985), Africa World Press, 1989) and African Dance: An Artistic, Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.