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Temples for Tomorrow: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance
     

Temples for Tomorrow: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance

by Genevieve Fabre
 

The Harlem Renaissance is rightly considered to be a moment of creative
exuberance and unprecedented explosion. Today, there is a renewed interest in this
movement, calling for a re-evaluation and a closer scrutiny of the era and of
documents that have only recently become available. Temples for Tomorrow reconsiders
the period -- between two world

Overview

The Harlem Renaissance is rightly considered to be a moment of creative
exuberance and unprecedented explosion. Today, there is a renewed interest in this
movement, calling for a re-evaluation and a closer scrutiny of the era and of
documents that have only recently become available. Temples for Tomorrow reconsiders
the period -- between two world wars -- which confirmed the intuitions of W. E. B.
DuBois on the "color line" and gave birth to the "American dilemma," later evoked by
Gunnar Myrdal. Issuing from a generation bearing new hopes and aspirations, a new
vision takes form and develops around the concept of the New Negro, with a goal: to
recreate an African American identity and claim its legitimate place in the heart of
the nation. In reality, this movement organized into a remarkable institutional
network, which was to remain the vision of an elite, but which gave birth to
tensions and differences.

This collection attempts to assess
Harlem's role as a "Black Mecca", as "site of intimate performance" of African
American life, and as focal point in the creation of a diasporic identity in
dialogue with the Caribbean and French-speaking areas.

Essays
treat the complex interweaving of Primitivism and Modernism, of folk culture and
elitist aspirations in different artistic media, with a view to defining the
interaction between music, visual arts, and literature.

Also
included are known Renaissance intellectuals and writers. Even though they had
different conceptions of the role of the African American artist in a racially
segregated society, most participants in the New Negro movement shared a desire to
express a new assertiveness in terms of literary creation and
indentity-building.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253109101
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/19/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
408
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Geneviève Fabre is professor at the University Paris 7 where she is
director of the Center of African American Research. Author of books on James Agee,
on African American Theatre (Paris, CNRS and Harvard U P), she has contributed to
several collective volumes and encyclopedias. Co-author of books on F.S. Fitzgerald,
American minorities, she has edited or co-edited several volumes: on Hispanic
literatures, on Barrio culture in the USA, on ethnicity, two volumes on "Feasts and
Celebrations among Ethnic Communities," two on Toni Morrison, and a book on History
and Memory in Afr Am Culture. She is now co-editing with Michel Feith a collection
of essays on The Harlem Renaissance. A Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute,
Harvard, The National Humanities Center and the American Antiquarian Society, she is
currently working on African American celebrative culture (1730-1880).

Michel Feith is an Assistant Professor at the University of
Nantes, France. He has spent several years abroad; his experience of living in
Australia, Japan and the United States has sensitivized him to issues of
multiculturalism. He wrote a doctoral thesis under the direction of Professor
Geneviève Fabre, on " Myth and History in Chinese American and Chicano Literature "
(1995), and his publications include articles on Maxine Hong Kingston, John Edgar
Wideman, and the Harlem Renaissance.

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