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Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0521673682
ISBN-13: 9780521673686
Edition: 2007
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Description: The Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937) was the most influential single movement in African American literary history. Its key figures include W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes. The movement laid the  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462

The Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937) was the most influential single movement in African American literary history. Its key figures include W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes. The movement laid the groundwork for all later African American literature, and had an enormous impact on later black literature world-wide. With chapters by a wide range of well-known scholars, this Companion is an authoritative and engaging guide to the movement. It first discusses the historical contexts of the Harlem Renaissance, both national and international; then presents original discussions of a wide array of authors and texts; and finally treats the reputation of the movement in later years. Giving full play to the disagreements and differences that energized the renaissance, this Companion presents the best of current wisdom as well as a set of new readings encouraging further exploration of this dynamic field.

George Hutchinson is Professor of English and Newton C. Farr Professor of American Culture at Cornell University.

Notes on contributors
Chronology
Introduction
Foundations of the Harlem Renaissance
The New Negro as citizen
The Renaissance and the Vogue
International contexts of the Negro Renaissance
Major Authors and Texts
Negro drama and the Harlem Renaissance
Jean Toomer and the avant-garde
"To tell the truth about us": the fictions and non-fictions of Jessie Fauset and Walter White
African American folk roots and Harlem Renaissance poetry
Lyric stars: Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes
"Perhaps Buddha is a woman": women's poetry in the Harlem Renaissance
Transgressive sexuality and the literature of the Harlem Renaissance
Sexual desire, modernity, and modernism in the fiction of Nella Larsen and Rudolph Fisher
Banjo meets the Dark Princess: Claude McKay, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the transnational novel of the Harlem Renaissance
The Caribbean voices of Claude McKay and Eric Walrond
George Schuyler and Wallace Thurman: two satirists of the Harlem Renaissance
Zora Neale Hurston, folk performance, and the "Margarine Negro"
The Post-Renaissance
"The Aftermath": the reputation of the Harlem Renaissance twenty years later
Guide to further reading
Index

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