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The African American Roots of Modernism

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Texte du rabat The period between 1880 and 1918, at the end of which Jim Crow was firmly established and the Great Migration of Af... Lire la suite
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The period between 1880 and 1918, at the end of which Jim Crow was firmly established and the Great Migration of African Americans was well under way, was not the nadir for black culture, James Smethurst reveals, but instead a time of profound response from African American intellectuals. The African American Roots of Modernism explores how the Jim Crow system triggered significant artistic and intellectual responses from African American writers, deeply marking the beginnings of literary modernism and, ultimately, notions of American modernity.

In identifying the Jim Crow period with the coming of modernity, Smethurst upsets the customary assessment of the Harlem Renaissance as the first nationally significant black arts movement, showing how artists reacted to Jim Crow with migration narratives, poetry about the black experience, black performance of popular culture forms, and more. Smethurst introduces a whole cast of characters, including understudied figures such as William Stanley Braithwaite and Fenton Johnson, and more familiar authors such as Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, and James Weldon Johnson. By considering the legacy of writers and artists active between the end of Reconstruction and the rise of the Harlem Renaissance, Smethurst illuminates their influence on the black and white U.S. modernists who followed.



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African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

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Titre: The African American Roots of Modernism
Sous-titre: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance
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Code EAN: 9780807871850
ISBN: 0807871850
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: The University of North Carolina Press
nombre de pages: 266
Poids: 434g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T15mm
Année: 2011