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Starting with evidence that Ireland's Abbey Theatre tours of the United States before World War I influenced such African-Americans as Alain Locke and James Weldon Johnson, Mishkin offers the first full-scale discussion of the historical similarities and differences of the two movements. Both rose from the ashes of history -- from people suffering years of oppression during which their native languages were lost or stolen -- to confront issues of language and identity; and both had to combat negative mainstream representation of their people, all the while debating how to create their own literature. Included throughout is the work of women who participated in both movements but who often have been marginalized in their histories.
Going beyond national boundaries, Mishkin takes the study of interracial literary influence across the Atlantic and establishes important parallels between the Harlem and Irish Renaisances.
|Introduction. "How Black Sees Green and Red": Renaissance Eclecticism||1|
|1||Waking from the Nightmare: The Origins of Renaissance||24|
|2||Collaboration, Isolation, and Conflict: Dilemmas of Language||47|
|3||The Entanglement of Origins: Questions of Identity||66|
|4||Peril of Arrogance: The Representation of the Folk||86|
|Conclusion. Affirmative Actions: Implications for Literary Studies||102|