Children's Literature of the Harlem Renaissance [NOOK Book]

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The New Negro Renaissance, the period associated with the flowering of the arts in Harlem, inaugurated a tradition of African American children's literature, for the movement's central writers made youth both their subject and audience. W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and other Harlem Renaissance figures took an impassioned interest in the literary models offered to children, believing that the "New Negro" would ultimately arise from black youth. As a result, African ...
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Children's Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

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Overview

The New Negro Renaissance, the period associated with the flowering of the arts in Harlem, inaugurated a tradition of African American children's literature, for the movement's central writers made youth both their subject and audience. W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and other Harlem Renaissance figures took an impassioned interest in the literary models offered to children, believing that the "New Negro" would ultimately arise from black youth. As a result, African American children's literature became a crucial medium through which a disparate community forged bonds of cultural, economic, and aesthetic solidarity. This book explores the period's vigorous exchange about the nature and identity of black childhood and uncovers the networks of African American philosophers, community activists, schoolteachers, and literary artists who worked together to transmit black history and culture to the next generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253110923
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2004
  • Series: Blacks in the Diaspora
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,202,359
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Katharine Capshaw Smith is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches children’s literature and African American literature. Her work has appeared in Children’s Literature; Southern Quarterly; The Lion and the Unicorn; Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States; Ariel; and other publications.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The emblematic black child : Du Bois's Crisis publications 1
2 Creating the past, present, and future : new Negro children's drama 53
3 The legacy of the South : revisiting the plantation tradition 107
4 The peacemakers : Carter G. Woodson's circle 163
5 The aesthetics of Black children's literature : Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes 229
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