Looking for Harlem: Urban Aesthetics in African-American Literature

Looking for Harlem: Urban Aesthetics in African-American Literature

By: Maria Balshaw (author)Paperback

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Taking the flowering of African-American literature in the 1920s as its starting point, this book offers a reading of a range of 20th-century black American writing. From the streets, subways, hotels and cabarets of New York's Harlem and Chicago's Southside, it moves beyond the canon to encompass often neglected writing by Rudolph Fisher, Wallace Thurman and Claude McKay, as well as the more familiar work of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Nella Larsen and Toni Morrison. In a revision of African-American literary history, the book examines the creation of an "urban aesthetic" and explores the links between the engagement with the city and fictional reconstructions of racial identity and race writing.

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About Author

John A Walker recently retired as Reader in Art and Design History at Middlesex University. The author of a number of books on art theory and aspects of popular culture, his other Pluto press titles include Cultural Offensive: America's Impact on British Art since 1945, and Art and Outrage: Provocation, Controversy and the Avant Garde.


"Black was White", new negroes, new spaces; whose city? policing race and space; women in the city; passing and the spectacle of Harlem; a dream deferred? the city after "Harlem"; "I Love thie City" - contemporary reflections on Harlem.

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/12/1998
  • ISBN13: 9780745313344
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780745313344
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 0745313345

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