Afromodernisms: Paris, Harlem, Haiti and the Avant-garde

“This choice of ten essays makes a persuasive case for a black Atlantic literary renaissance and its effect on modernist stories. The chapters stretch and problem present canonical configurations of modernism in methods: by way of contemplating the centrality of black artists, writers and intellectuals as key actors and center presences within the improvement of a modernist avant-garde; and by way of interrogating ‘blackness’ as a classy and political type at severe moments through the 20th century. this can be the 1st book-length booklet to discover the time period ‘Afromodernisms’ and the 1st learn to handle jointly the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.”

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Cameron McWhirter, Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America (New York: Henry Holt, 2011). 19. On the history of lynching in America see W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880–1930 (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993); Paula Giddings, Ida: A Sword among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign against Lynching (New York: Amistad, 2008). 20. Jacqueline Jenkinson, Black 1919: Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009); Laura Tabili, ‘We Ask for British Justice:’ Workers and Racial Difference in Late Imperial Britain (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994).

Their victims usually fought back energetically, often aided by French women and men. indd 32 15/01/2013 13:51 Black Modernism and the Making of the Twentieth Century 33 outraged protests from black members of the French National Assembly. 49 In general, jazz seemed to belong to those who embraced the idea of a new world after the Great War, rather than those hoping to restore the old. Much has been written about the modernist embrace of jazz, how intellectuals and artists in a variety of fields drew inspiration from it during the years Americans called the Jazz Age.

Patrick Johnson, Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003); Harry Elam and Kennell A. Jackson (eds), Black Cultural Traffic (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005); Martin Japtok and Rafiki Jenkins, Authentic Blackness/‘Real’ Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture (New York: Peter Lang, 2011). William Klingaman, 1919: The Year our World Began (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987). Margaret Macmillan, 1919, Six Months that Changed the World (New York: Random House, 2002).

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