Poetry, Desire, And Fantasy In The Harlem Renaissance

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In this groundbreaking work, Raphael Comprone uses psychoanalysis to reinvigorate Harlem Renaissance studies. This book examines the works of notable Harlem Renaissance authors such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Nella Larsen, George Schuyler, Wallace Thurman, and Claude McKay. In detailed, focused sections, Poetry, Desire, and Fantasy in the Harlem Renaissance explores issues of white subjectivity in the works of Hughes and Hurston, the embrace of primitivism by Claude McKay, musings on racial transformation and racial hierarchies, and the decline of the Harlem Renaissance. This comprehensive and fresh study not only questions, but also illuminates the relationship between fantasy, language, and desire during the Harlem Renaissance.

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Comprone makes a strong case for the relevance of a psychoanalytical approach to these authors....Summing Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
— J. W. Hall, University of Mississippi
CHOICE - J. W. Hall
Comprone makes a strong case for the relevance of a psychoanalytical approach to these authors....Summing Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761833581
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Raphael Comprone is Associate Professor of English at Saint Paul's College. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Dr. Comprone is currently conducting research on the subject of otherness in critical theory and world literature.

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