Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919

ISBN-10: 0814731686

ISBN-13: 9780814731680

Edition: 2006

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . ocirc;This is a rich portrait of a complex period that has been long neglected.ouml; Booklist "This is a vital reappraisal. These essays compellingly return to the often-neglected period known in African American history as 'The Nadir' to ensure that it will never again be seen as a cultural disappointment." Carla Kaplan, author ofZora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters The years between the collapse of Reconstruction and the end of World War I mark a pivotal moment in African American cultural production. Christened the "Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem" era by the novelist Charles Chesnutt, these years look back to the antislavery movement and forward to the artistic flowering and racial self-consciousness of the Harlem Renaissance. Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlemoffers fresh perspectives on the literary and cultural achievements of African American men and women during this critically neglected, though vitally important, period of our nation's past. Using a wide range of disciplinary approaches, the sixteen scholars gathered here offer both a reappraisal and celebration of African American cultural production during these influential decades. Alongside discussions of political and artistic icons such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and James Weldon Johnson are essays revaluing figures such as the writers Paul and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, the New England painter Edward Mitchell Bannister, and Georgia-based activists Lucy Craft Laney and Emmanuel King Love. Contributors explore an array of forms from fine art to anti-lynching drama, from sermons to ragtime and blues, and from dialect pieces and early black musical theater to serious fiction. Contributors include: Frances Smith Foster, Carla L. Peterson, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Audrey Thomas McCluskey, Barbara Ryan, Robert M. Dowling, Barbara A. Baker, Paula Bernat Bennett, Philip J. Kowalski, Nikki L. Brown, Koritha A. Mitchell, Margaret Crumpton Winter, Rhonda Reymond, and Andrew J. Scheiber.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Reimagining the Past
Creative Collaboration: As African American as Sweet Potato Pie
Commemorative Ceremonies and Invented Traditions: History, Memory, and Modernity in the "New Negro" Novel of the Nadir
Meeting Freedom: Self-Invention, Artistic Innovation, and Race Progress (1870s-1880s)
Landscapes of Labor: Race, Religion, and Rhode Island in the Painting of Edward Mitchell Bannister
"Manly Husbands and Womanly Wives": The Leadership of Educator Lucy Craft Laney
Old and New Issue Servants: "Race" Men and Women Weigh In
Savannah's Colored Tribune, the Reverend E. K. Love, and the Sacred Rebellion of Uplift
Encountering Jim Crow: African American Literature and the Mainstream (1890s)
A Marginal Man in Black Bohemia: James Weldon Johnson in the New York Tenderloin
Jamming with Julius: Charles Chesnutt and the Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem Blues
Rewriting Dunbar: Realism, Black Women Poets, and the Genteel
Inventing a "Negro Literature": Race, Dialect, and Gender in the Early Work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Turning the Century: New Political, Cultural, and Personal Aesthetics (1900-1917)
No Excuses for Our Dirt: Booker T. Washington and a "New Negro" Middle Class
War Work, Social Work, Community Work: Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Federal War Work Agencies, and Southern African American Women
Antilynching Plays: Angelina Weld Grimke, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and the Evolution of African American Drama
Henry Ossawa Tanner and W. E. B. Du Bois: African American Art and "High Culture" at the Turn into the Twentieth Century
The Folk, the School, and the Marketplace: Locations of Culture in The Souls of Black Folk
Topical List of Selected Works
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