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The Harlem Renaissance : A Very Short Introduction
by Cheryl A. Wall




Overview -
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural awakening among African Americans between the two world wars. It was the cultural phase of the New Negro movement, a social and political phenomenon that promoted a proud racial identity, economic independence, and progressive politics.

In this Very Short Introduction, Cheryl A. Wall captures the Harlem Renaissance's zeitgeist by identifying issues and strategies that engaged writers, musicians, and visual artists alike. She introduces key figures such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer, along
with such signature texts as Mother to Son, Harlem Shadows, and Cane. In examining the New Negro, she looks at the art of photographer James Van der Zee and painters Archibald Motley and Laura Wheeler and the way Marita Bonner, Jessie Fauset, and Nella Larsen explored the dilemmas of gender
identity for New Negro women. Focusing on Harlem as a cultural capital, Wall covers theater in New York, where black musicals were produced on Broadway almost every year during the 1920s. She also depicts Harlem nightlife with its rent parties and clubs catering to working class blacks, wealthy
whites, and gays of both races, and the movement of Renaissance artists to Paris.

From Hughes's The Negro Speaks of Rivers to W.E.B. Du Bois's novel Dark Princess, black Americans explored their relationship to Africa. Many black American intellectuals met African intellectuals in Paris, where they made common cause against European colonialism and race prejudice. Folklore -
spirituals, stories, sermons, and dance - was considered raw material that the New Negro artist could alchemize into art. Consequently, they applauded the performance of spirituals on the concert stage by artists like Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson. The Harlem Renaissance left an indelible mark not
only on African American visual and performing arts, but, as Cheryl Wall shows, its legacies are all around us.

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Overview

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural awakening among African Americans between the two world wars. It was the cultural phase of the New Negro movement, a social and political phenomenon that promoted a proud racial identity, economic independence, and progressive politics.

In this Very Short Introduction, Cheryl A. Wall captures the Harlem Renaissance's zeitgeist by identifying issues and strategies that engaged writers, musicians, and visual artists alike. She introduces key figures such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer, along
with such signature texts as Mother to Son, Harlem Shadows, and Cane. In examining the New Negro, she looks at the art of photographer James Van der Zee and painters Archibald Motley and Laura Wheeler and the way Marita Bonner, Jessie Fauset, and Nella Larsen explored the dilemmas of gender
identity for New Negro women. Focusing on Harlem as a cultural capital, Wall covers theater in New York, where black musicals were produced on Broadway almost every year during the 1920s. She also depicts Harlem nightlife with its rent parties and clubs catering to working class blacks, wealthy
whites, and gays of both races, and the movement of Renaissance artists to Paris.

From Hughes's The Negro Speaks of Rivers to W.E.B. Du Bois's novel Dark Princess, black Americans explored their relationship to Africa. Many black American intellectuals met African intellectuals in Paris, where they made common cause against European colonialism and race prejudice. Folklore -
spirituals, stories, sermons, and dance - was considered raw material that the New Negro artist could alchemize into art. Consequently, they applauded the performance of spirituals on the concert stage by artists like Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson. The Harlem Renaissance left an indelible mark not
only on African American visual and performing arts, but, as Cheryl Wall shows, its legacies are all around us.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780199335558
  • ISBN-10: 0199335559
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: July 2016
  • Page Count: 152
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds

Series: Very Short Introductions

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