Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919

Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919

by Barbara McCaskill
     
 

The years between the collapse of Reconstruction and the end of World War I mark a pivotal moment in African American cultural production. Christened the “Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem” era by the novelist Charles Chesnutt, these years look back to the antislavery movement and forward to the artistic flowering and racial self-consciousness of the Harlem

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The years between the collapse of Reconstruction and the end of World War I mark a pivotal moment in African American cultural production. Christened the “Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem” era by the novelist Charles Chesnutt, these years look back to the antislavery movement and forward to the artistic flowering and racial self-consciousness of the Harlem Renaissance.

Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem offers fresh perspectives on the literary and cultural achievements of African American men and women during this critically neglected, though vitally important, period of our nation's past. Using a wide range of disciplinary approaches, the sixteen scholars gathered here offer both a reappraisal and celebration of African American cultural production during these influential decades. Alongside discussions of political and artistic icons such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and James Weldon Johnson are essays revaluing figures such as the writers Paul and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, the New England painter Edward Mitchell Bannister, and Georgia-based activists Lucy Craft Laney and Emmanuel King Love.

Contributors explore an array of forms from fine art to anti-lynching drama, from sermons to ragtime and blues, and from dialect pieces and early black musical theater to serious fiction.

Contributors include: Frances Smith Foster, Carla L. Peterson, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Audrey Thomas McCluskey, Barbara Ryan, Robert M. Dowling, Barbara A. Baker, Paula Bernat Bennett, Philip J. Kowalski, Nikki L. Brown, Koritha A. Mitchell, Margaret Crumpton Winter, Rhonda Reymond, and Andrew J. Scheiber.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731680
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Caroline Gebhard and Barbara McCaskill
Part I : Reimagining the Past
1 Creative Collaboration
2 Commemorative Ceremonies and Invented Traditions
Part II : Meeting Freedom: Self-Invention, Artistic Innovation, and Race Progress (1870s–1880s)
3 Landscapes of Labor
4 “Manly Husbands and Womanly Wives”
vii5 Old and New Issue Servants
6 Savannah’s Colored Tribune, the Reverend E. K. Love, and the Sacred Rebellion of Uplift
Part III : Encountering Jim Crow: African American Literature and the Mainstream (1890s)
7 A Marginal Man in Black Bohemia
8 Jamming with Julius
9 Rewriting Dunbar
10 Inventing a “Negro Literature”
Part IV : Turning the Century: New Political, Cultural,
and Personal Aesthetics (1900–1917)
11 No Excuses for Our Dirt
12 War Work, Social Work, Community Work:
13 Antilynching Plays
14 Henry Ossawa Tanner and W. E. B. Du Bois
15 The Folk, the School, and the Marketplace
Topical List of Selected Works
About the Contributors
Index

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