978-0-7391-2651-6 • Hardback • October 2009 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
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Parker English is professor of philosophy at Central Connecticut State University.
Chapter 1: Senghor's Discussion of "Negritude" and Hurston's Discussion of "Negro Expression"
Chapter 2: Performism: A View Gleaned from Senghor and from Hurston
Chapter 3: Performatives and Reflexivity in Light of Hurston's Ethnography and Fiction
Chapter 4: Exchanges of Speech
Chapter 5: Speech and Senses of Self in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Chapter 6: Performism in the World
A groundbreaking exercise that demonstrates how the philosophy of language, often criticized as a purely ivory tower enterprise, may be applied in a positive manner to everyday life. Parker English helps us to interpolate the maxim, 'I am what I say,' with regard to such diverse areas as race, ethnicity, literature, music, acting, ritual, and friendship in manners that enrich our appreciation of human understanding.
— Barry Hallen, Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College and Associate in the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Res