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The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Cu)by James E. Smethurst
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Emerging from a matrix of Old Left, black nationalist, and bohemian ideologies and institutions, African American artists and intellectuals in the 1960s coalesced to form the Black Arts Movement, the cultural wing of the Black Power Movement. In this comprehensive analysis, James Smethurst examines the formation of the Black Arts Movement and demonstrates how it deeply influenced the production and reception of literature and art in the United States through its negotiations of the ideological climate of the Cold War, decolonization, and the civil rights movement.
Taking a regional approach, Smethurst examines variations in the character of the local expressions of the nascent Black Arts Movement, a movement distinctive in its geographical reach and diversity, while always keeping the frame of the larger movement in view. The Black Arts Movement, he argues, fundamentally changed American attitudes about the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and dramatically transformed the landscape of public funding for the arts.
Smethurst explores the Black Arts Movement, the "cultural wing" of the Black Power Movement, in which black artists and intellectuals negotiated the political and cultural moment of the Cold War, civil rights, decolonization, the Beats, the New York School, the California Renaissance, and the Black Mountain School.
About the Author
James Edward Smethurst is assistant professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946 and coeditor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States.
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