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The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts, and Letters

The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts, and Letters

by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar
     
 

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This volume provides new historical and literary insights into the Harlem Renaissance, returning attention to it not only as a broad expression of artistic work but also as a movement that found catharsis in art and hope in resistance.

By examining such major figures of the era as Jessie Fauset, Paul Robeson, and Zora Neale Hurston, the contributors reframe our

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This volume provides new historical and literary insights into the Harlem Renaissance, returning attention to it not only as a broad expression of artistic work but also as a movement that found catharsis in art and hope in resistance.

By examining such major figures of the era as Jessie Fauset, Paul Robeson, and Zora Neale Hurston, the contributors reframe our understanding of the interplay of art, politics, culture, and society in 1920s Harlem. The fourteen essays explore the meaning and power of Harlem theater, literature, and art during the period; probe how understanding of racial, provincial, and gender identities originated and evolved; and reexamine the sociopolitical contexts of this extraordinary black creative class. Delving into these topics anew, The Harlem Renaissance Revisited reconsiders the national and international connections of the movement and how it challenged clichéd interpretations of sexuality, gender, race, and class. The contributors show how those who played an integral role in shattering stereotypes about black creativity pointed the way toward real freedom in the United States, in turn sowing some of the seeds of the Black Power movement.

A fascinating chapter in the history of the African American experience and New York City, the cultural flowering of the Harlem Renaissance reverberates today. This thought-provoking combination of social history and intellectual art criticism opens this powerful moment in history to renewed and dynamic interpretation and sharper discussion.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

An articulate, thoughtful, and far-reaching collection, The Harlem Renaissance Revisited is a superb addition to American History and African-American studies shelves, and deserves the highest recommendation especially for college library collections.

Rain Taxi Review of Books
The Harlem Renaissance Revisited offers a rich and various account of how we might go into the future from that partially but unavoidably reimagined past.

— John Pistelli

Melus
Ogbar creates a rich forum that has the potential to inform the future of the field.

— Ira Dworkin

Journal of American History
The articles suggest rich avenues for further research.

— Clare Corbould

Rain Taxi Review of Books - John Pistelli

The Harlem Renaissance Revisited offers a rich and various account of how we might go into the future from that partially but unavoidably reimagined past.

Melus - Ira Dworkin

Ogbar creates a rich forum that has the potential to inform the future of the field.

Journal of American History - Clare Corbould

The articles suggest rich avenues for further research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801894619
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is a professor of history and the associate dean for the humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap and Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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