“THE PROPRIOCEPTIVE PROBE”: AMIRI BARAKA’S NEW ARK IN TALES AND TALES OF THE OUT AND THE GONE


ÖZBEK AKIMAN Ö.

College Literature, vol.51, no.1, pp.1-28, 2024 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1353/lit.2024.a917862
  • Journal Name: College Literature
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Periodicals Index Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Gender Studies Database, Humanities Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-28
  • Keywords: Amiri Baraka, New Ark, proprioception, Tales, Tales of the Out and the Gone
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Amiri Baraka reimagines his hometown, Newark, as a mythical NewArk in his fiction, Tales(1967) and the TalesoftheOut andtheGone(2007), as a symbolic source wherefrom Black people reinvent themselves. At the basis of the poet’s spatial vision lies a culturally specific proprioceptive impulse, an attention to the real-time and site-specific innerworkings of the body. This essay analyzes the development of the sketchy characters and settings in the early stories into the New Ark’s “out and gone” in later stories within the framework of the proprioceptive loop that constantly internalizes and acts on the external.