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The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

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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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Smethurst 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.

About the Author

James Smethurst is associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807871850
Author:
Smethurst, James
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Literature
Subject:
Avant-garde
Subject:
Bohemia
Subject:
Booker T. Washington
Subject:
Charles Chesnutt
Subject:
Claude McKay
Subject:
Racial Dualism
Subject:
Fenton Johnson
Subject:
Frances E.W. Harper
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
BR
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Gertrude Stein
Subject:
James Weldon Johnson
Subject:
Jim Crow
Subject:
Jessie Fauset
Subject:
Migration
Subject:
Minstrelsy
Subject:
Modernism
Subject:
Modernity
Subject:
Nadir
Subject:
Nella Larsen
Subject:
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Subject:
Pauline Hopkins
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Residential segregation
Subject:
T. S. Eliot
Subject:
Urban geography
Subject:
W.E.B. Du Bois
Subject:
Wallace Stevens
Subject:
Wallace Thurman
Subject:
William Carlos Williams
Subject:
William Stanley Braithwaite
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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