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Essays on Race and Empire / Edition 1

Essays on Race and Empire / Edition 1


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This edition assembles the major essays on race and imperialism written by Nancy Cunard in the 1930s and 1940s. As a British expatriate living in France, and as a politically-engaged poet, editor, publisher, and journalist, Nancy Cunard devoted much of her energy to the cause of racial justice.

This Broadview edition contextualizes Cunard’s writings on race in terms of the relations among modernism, gender, and empire. It includes a range of contemporaneous documents that place her essays in dialogue with other European writers and with the work of writers of the African diaspora.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551112305
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 08/12/2002
Series: Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Maureen Moynagh is an Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish.

Table of Contents

Nancy Cunard: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
A Note on the Appendices

Essays on Race and Empire

Imperial Eyes

  1. “Harlem Reviewed”
  2. “Jamaica—the Negro Island”
  3. The White Man’s Duty: An Analysis of the Colonial Question in Light of the Atlantic Charter

Miscegenation Blues

  1. Black Man and White Ladyship: An Anniversary
  2. “The American Moron and the American of Sense—Letters on the Negro”

The Red and the Black

  1. “Scottsboro—and Other Scottsboros”
  2. “A Reactionary Negro Organisation: A Short Review of Dr. DuBois, The Crisis, and the NAACP in 1932”

Appendix A: Imperial Eyes

  1. Mary Gaunt, from Alone in West Africa (1912)
  2. Margery Perham, from West African Passage (1931-1932)
  3. C.L.R. James, from The Case for West Indian Self-Government (1932)

Appendix B: Miscegenation Blues

  1. Albert Edward Wiggam, from “Woman’s Place In Race Improvement,” The Fruit of the Family Tree (1924)
  2. W.E.B. DuBois, “The Marrying of Black Folk” (1910)
  3. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, from Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All its Phases (1892)

Appendix C: The Red and the Black

  1. W.E.B. DuBois, “The Class Struggle” (1921)
  2. Richard Wright, from American Hunger ([1944] 1977)

Appendix D: Claude McKay, from A Long Way from Home: An Autobiography (1937)

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