Harlem Renaissance

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Oxford University Press, 22 mars 2007 - 390 pages
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A finalist for the 1972 National Book Award, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "brilliant" and "provocative," Nathan Huggins' Harlem Renaissance was a milestone in the study of African-American life and culture. Now this classic history is being reissued, with a new foreword by acclaimed biographer Arnold Rampersad. As Rampersad notes, "Harlem Renaissance remains an indispensable guide to the facts and features, the puzzles and mysteries, of one of the most provocative episodes in African-American and American history." Indeed, Huggins offers a brilliant account of the creative explosion in Harlem during these pivotal years. Blending the fields of history, literature, music, psychology, and folklore, he illuminates the thought and writing of such key figures as Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. DuBois and provides sharp-eyed analyses of the poetry of Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. But the main objective for Huggins, throughout the book, is always to achieve a better understanding of America as a whole. As Huggins himself noted, he didn't want Harlem in the 1920s to be the focus of the book so much as a lens through which readers might see how this one moment in time sheds light on the American character and culture, not just in Harlem but across the nation. He strives throughout to link the work of poets and novelists not only to artists working in other genres and media but also to economic, historical, and cultural forces in the culture at large. This superb reissue of Harlem Renaissance brings to a new generation of readers one of the great works in African-American history and indeed a landmark work in the field of American Studies.
  

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Review: Harlem Renaissance

Avis d'utilisateur  - Simon - Goodreads

Brilliant, filled with provocative insights. Huggins' discussion of the role of minstrelsy in American theatre seems definitive to me. The book is very much a product of its time, however (1971), and ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: Harlem Renaissance

Avis d'utilisateur  - Mandy Bardsley - Goodreads

I would give it 5-stars but I was disappointed that it overlooked what was perhaps the core of The Harlem Renaissance: (homo)sexuality. In the words of Henry Louis Gates, the Harlem Renaissance was ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Introduction
3
Capital of the Black World
13
2 The New Negro
52
3 Heart of Darkness
84
The Black Identity
137
The Ethnic Province
190
6 White Black FacesBlack Masks
244
Epilogue
302
Notes
310
Index
325
Droits d'auteur

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À propos de l'auteur (2007)

Nathan Irvin Huggins was W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of History and Afro-American Studies and Director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University until his death in 1989. His books include Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Black Odyssey: The African-American Ordeal in Slavery, and Voices From the Harlem Renaissance. Arnold Rampersad is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and is the author of The Life of Langston Hughes, among other titles.

Nathan Irvin Huggins was W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of History and Afro-American Studies and Director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University until his death in 1989. His books include Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Black Odyssey: The African-American Ordeal in Slavery, and Voices From the Harlem Renaissance. Arnold Rampersad is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and is the author of The Life of Langston Hughes, among other titles.

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