Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology / Edition 1

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In this important new anthology, Venetria K. Patton and Maureen Honey bring together a comprehensive selection of texts from the Harlem Renaissance-a key period in the literary and cultural history of the United States. The collection revolutionizes our way of viewing this era, since it redresses the ongoing emphasis on the male writers of this time. Double-Take offers a unique, balanced collection of writers-men and women, gay and straight, familiar and obscure. Arranged by author, rather than by genre, this anthology includes works from major Harlem Renaissance figures as well as often-overlooked essayists, poets, dramatists, and artists.

The editors have included works from a wide variety of genres-poetry, short stories, drama, and essays-allowing readers to understand the true interdisciplinary quality of this cultural movement. Biographical sketches of the authors are provided and most of the pieces are included in their entirety. Double-Take also includes artwork and illustrations, many of which are from original journals and have never before been reprinted. Significantly, Double-Take is the first Harlem Renaissance title to include song lyrics to illustrate the interrelation of various art forms.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With this new anthology of Harlem Renaissance literature, Patton (Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction) and Honey (editor, Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance), both at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, attempt to "restore and underline the importance of women's writing" and sexual orientation to the Harlem Renaissance. The balanced selection of women and men is similar to that found in Henry Louis Gates's Norton Anthology of African American Literature (LJ 2/01/97), but the inclusion of lesser-known figures and works is aimed at focusing on the ideology of the renaissance, gay and lesbian themes, and differences in gender-based issues. Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston are among the authors represented, and the selected works include essays, poetry, prose, and drama, with lyrics and visual art used as illustration. The editors also break with the tendency to define the beginning and end of the renaissance with political events by focusing on specific literary works, which allows them to broaden the period to 1916-37. Both editors have done previous research in the field of African American women's literature and include a biographical sketch of each writer to underline how their gender, class, and sexual orientation shaped their work. Necessary for all academic libraries. Paolina Taglienti, Long Island Univ. Lib., Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813529301
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 670
  • Sales rank: 482,213
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Venetria K. Patton
Venetria K. Patton is Director of African American Studies and Research Center and Associate Professor of English at Purdue University. Prior to her appointment at Purdue, Dr. Patton was an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served in a number of administrative capacities including a term as Coordinator of African American and African Studies. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of La Verne and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California-Riverside. Dr. Patton's teaching and research focus on African American and Diasporic Women's Literature. In 2003, she won two teaching awards: the Annis Chaiken Sorensen Distinguished Teaching Award in the Arts and Humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: the Ancestral Call in Black Women's Texts (SUNY, 2013) and Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY, 2000), the Co-editor of Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology (Rutgers, 2001) and editor of Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature: (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006). Dr. Patton is Chair of the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and a board member of the Hanna Community Center and the National Council for Black Studies. She has spoken to both academic and general audiences regarding African American literature, navigating higher education, Kwanzaa, and other African American topics.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Song Lyrics
A Note on the Text
The New Negro 3
The New Negro - What Is He? 7
The Negro in American Literature 10
Closed Doors: A Study in Segregation 17
Harlem: The Culture Capital 21
A Point of View: An Opportunity Dinner Reaction 28
The Negro-Art Hokum 36
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain 40
On Langston Hughes: I Am a Negro - and Beautiful 45
Criteria of Negro Art 47
Blueprint for Negro Writing 52
Characteristics of Negro Expression 61
Impressions of the Second Pan-African Congress 75
Africa for the Africans 83
Gift of the Black Tropics 90
The Caucasian Storms Harlem 96
The Task of Negro Womanhood 103
On Being Young - a Woman - and Colored 109
Woman's Most Serious Problem 113
Problems Facing Negro Young Women 116
The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts 121
Jazz at Home 127
The American Negro Paints 134
The Creation 140
Mother Night 142
The White Witch 142
My City 144
Violets 147
You! Inez! 147
I Sit and Sew 148
The Proletariat Speaks 148
His Great Career 150
The Heart of a Woman 153
Motherhood 154
The Octoroon 154
Escape 155
The Black Runner 156
Wishes 156
I Want to Die While You Love Me 158
Tramp Love 159
Plumes: A Folk Tragedy 163
El Beso 171
The Black Finger 172
The Want of You 172
Dusk 172
A Mona Lisa 173
Tenebris 174
Goldie 174
Rachel 189
White Things 228
Lady, Lady 229
Letter to My Sister 229
Grapes: Still-Life 230
Black Man o'Mine 231
Oriflamme 234
Here's April! 234
Words! Words! 235
Touche 235
La Vie C'Est la Vie 236
Mary Elizabeth 237
The Bronze Legacy (To a Brown Boy) 243
Exodus 244
The Bird in the Cage 244
The Quilt 245
Requiem 247
In Haiti Is Riot of Color- 247
Fog 248
'Cruiter 257
The Banjo Player 268
The Scarlet Woman 270
Tired 270
The Harlem Dancer 272
If We Must Die 273
Africa 273
America 275
Baptism 275
Harlem Shadows 276
To O.E.A. 276
Like a Strong Tree 277
The Tropics of New York 277
Mattie and Her Sweetman 278
The Chip Woman's Fortune 287
The Flight of the Natives 303
Wash Day 314
Definition 314
Black Baby 316
Black Faces 316
Negro Laughter 317
Two Old Women A-Shopping Go! A Story of Man, Marriage and Poverty 317
Passion 324
Spunk 325
Sweat 329
Color Struck 338
Sanctuary 353
Undertow 360
Song of the Son 372
Georgia Dusk 373
Portrait in Georgia 374
Blood-Burning Moon 375
And What Shall You Say? 381
Is It Because I Am Black? 382
Sonnet to Negro Soldiers 382
Rain Music 383
On the Fields of France 384
The City of Refuge 388
Miss Cynthie 400
The Voodoo's Revenge 411
Riding the Goat 421
One Boy's Story 434
The Pot Maker 444
Ma Rainey 451
Sam Smiley 453
Southern Road 454
Strong Men 456
The Negro Speaks of Rivers 460
Danse Africaine 460
Jazzonia 461
Song to a Negro Wash-Woman 461
Dream Variation 462
Desire 463
Poem [2] 463
The Weary Blues 464
The Midnight Nan at Leroy's 465
Lullaby 466
Listen Here Blues 466
Bound No'th Blues 468
Song for a Dark Girl 469
The Blues I'm Playing 469
Mulatto: A Tragedy of the Deep South 476
Heritage 508
To a Dark Girl 508
Hatred 509
Advice 509
Fantasy 510
Wedding Day 511
Tokens 516
The Last Citadel 521
God's Edict 521
Cordelia the Crude 523
Emma Lou 526
Golgotha Is a Mountain 539
Length of Moon 541
Nocturne at Bethesda 541
A Black Man Talks of Reaping 544
God Give to Men 544
The Return 545
A Summer Tragedy 546
Heritage 555
Sacrament 558
Tableau 558
Yet Do I Marvel 559
From the Dark Tower 559
Colored Blues Singer 561
To Certain Critics 562
Little Sonnet to Little Friends 562
Rainy Season Love Song 564
The Serving Girl 564
Lullaby 565
The Palm Wine Seller 565
No Images 568
Dust 568
The Radical 569
Shadow 571
Sahdji 573
Smoke, Lilies, and Jade! 574
Sahdji, an African Ballet 583
The Typewriter 591
The Black Dress 597
My Race 601
Magalu 601
The Road 602
Mother 602
Bottled 602
Poem 604
Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem 605
Dusk 607
Heritage 608
Insatiate 608
Poem ... for a Lover 609
Bibliography 611
Credits 615
Index of Writers and Artists 617
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