Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


L. S. Senghor has maintained a double relation with criticism: his poetical work has provoked plentiful critical production and the poet has always been in dialogue with his critical examiners. Furthermore, he has practised literary criticism himself. Criticism relating to Senghor comes from two quite different sources. From 1945 to 1960, the European criticism is outstanding, while the African criticism confines itself more to peripheral questions in the Senghorian poetical work: French language

and "Negritude". The withdrawal of the poet from the political stage in 1980 is a significant date for critical production in Africa. Let us add that the Senghorian criticism has known a worthy renewal of interest in the last few years. To complete this presentation in a useful way, a place has to be made to the practise of criticism by Senghor.



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