Works of Alain Locke

ISBN-10: 0199795045
ISBN-13: 9780199795048
Edition: 2012
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Description: This book features a comprehensive collection of essays by Alain Locke (1885-1954), the most formidable African American public intellectual of his generation. It is by far the largest collection of his brilliant essays, gathered from a career that  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.49
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/26/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046

This book features a comprehensive collection of essays by Alain Locke (1885-1954), the most formidable African American public intellectual of his generation. It is by far the largest collection of his brilliant essays, gathered from a career that spanned forty years. The range of the work covers an impressively broad field of subjects: philosophy, literary criticism, art and music criticism, value theory, race, politics, and multiculturalism. His inquisitive mind, his refined taste and his pragmatic temperament brought him renown as the "godfather" of the Harlem Renaissance. But his contributions to many fields extended well beyond that remarkable period, to the very beginning of the civil rights movement. Locke's standing among today's readers will be secured through this presentation of his skillful writing and impressive thought. By virtue of his learning and his commitment to intellectual excellence, Locke can now be seen in the sweep of American culture. Here he can take his rightful place, as the leading African American thinker between W. E. B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr.Here, Charles Molesworth gathers Locke's writings to showcase his achievements as a whole, both as a civil rights pioneer and as a writer of significant gifts. With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this collection provides a definitive resource on the works of a towering figure in African American thought.

Charles Molesworthis coauthor of� Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopherand the editor of The Works of Alain Locke. He writes a regular art column for the quarterly, Salmagundi.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983. He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university. He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Foreword
Introduction
Editorial Note
Literature
Introduction
Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Romantic Movement as Expressed
Emile Verhaeren
The Colonial Literature of France
The Younger Literary Movement: W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke
Color-A Review
The Weary Blues
Common Clay and Poetry
The Poetry of Negro Life
American Literary Tradition and the Negro
Fire: A Negro Magazine
The Message of the Negro Poets
Foreword to An Autumn Love Cycle
Both Sides of the Color Line
The Negro Minority in American Literature
Art, Drama, and Music
Introduction
Steps Toward the Negro Theatre
A Note on African Art
The Negro Spirituals
More of the Negro in Art
The Negro and the American Stage
The Drama of Negro Life
The Blondiau-Theatre Arts Collection
The American Negro as Artist
Toward a Critique of Negro Music
Excerpt from The Negro and his Music (1936): From Jazz to Jazz Classics: 1926-1936
Negro Art: Past and Present
Negro Music Goes to Par
Broadway and the Negro Drama
Esthetics
Introduction
Impressions of Luxor
Internationalism-Friend or Foe of Art?
Negro Youth Speaks
The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts
African Art: Classic Style
The Negro in American Culture
Our Little Renaissance
Beauty Instead of Ashes
Art or Propaganda?
Beauty and the Provinces
Spiritual Truancy
Propaganda-or Poetry?
The Negro's Contribution to American Culture
Race
Introduction
Race Contacts and Inter-Racial Relations
Apropos of Africa
The Concept of Races as Applied to Social Culture
The Problem of Race Classification
Should the Negro be Encouraged to Cultural Equality?
The Contribution of Race to Culture
Slavery in the Modern Manner
Harlem: Dark Weather-Vane
Foreword: Frederick Douglass "Life and Times"
Whither Race Relations? A Critical Commentary
The Negro in the Three Americas
Special Section: When Peoples Meet: A Study in Race and Culture Contacts
Value and Culture
Introduction
Oxford: By a Negro Student
The American Temperament
The Ethics of Culture
The New Negro
Values and Imperatives
Value
A Functional View of Value Ultimates
Self-Criticism: The Third Dimension of Culture
Frontiers of Culture
Values that Matter
Freud and Scientific Morality
Democracy
Introduction
The Mandate System: A New Code of Empire
The Negro Vote in 1936
Ballad for Democracy
Color: Unfinished Business of Democracy
Democracy Faces a World Order
Cultural Relativism and Ideological Peace
Moral Imperatives for World Order
Color and Democracy
Pluralism and Intellectual Democracy
Pluralism and Ideological Peace
List of Persons Discussed in Locke's Essays
Index

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