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Each Hour RedeemTime and Justice in African American Literature$
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Daylanne K. English

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679898

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679898.001.0001

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“Seize the Time!”

“Seize the Time!”

Strategic Presentism in the Black Arts Movement

(p.103) 4 “Seize the Time!”
Each Hour Redeem

Daylanne K. English

University of Minnesota Press

Beginning with the under-studied Dasein poets, this chapter argues that during the Black Arts era, African American writers represented black people as fully of their times, partly by connecting the literary with the musical. A presentism founded on black identity and simultaneity (Heideggerian dasein, or “being there”) emerged, a presentism similar but not identical to that of the Harlem Renaissance.

Keywords:   African American literature, Time, Timekeeping, Strategic anachronism, Strategic presentism, Citizenship, Justice, Political fictions, Legal history, Pragmatism

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