After Martin Bernal and Mary Lefkowitz: research opportunities in classica Africana

In After Martin Bernal and Mary Lefkowitz: research opportunities in classica Africana, Michele Ronnick coins the phrase classica Africana, which is a subversion (which is a common theme here) of Reinhold’s Classica Americana which concerned itself with the impact of the classics upon 18th and 19th century America.  Ronnick’s subversion sharpens the wide view taken by Reinhold concerning the influence of the classical tradition of the Graeco-Roman heritage in America, and examines the undeniable impact, both positive and negative, that this heritage has had upon people of African descent not only in America, but also in the western world.  Her article offers brief examination of a selection of ideas that vary in scope and involve reassessment of old material in the light of contemporary theory and new approaches. All revolve around the interrelationship between the classics and people of African descent.  This creation of the term classica Africana gives rise to the basis of my project – to examine how and why the authors I am focused upon chose to utilize Greco-Roman mythology to subvert the traditional Euro-centric U.S. cultural societal narrative.