Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s: Not Without Laughter / Black No More / The Conjure-Man Dies / Black Thunder Book by Rafia Zafar

Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s: Not Without Laughter / Black No More / The Conjure-Man Dies / Black Thunder Book by Rafia Zafar

Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s: Not Without Laughter / Black No More / The Conjure-Man Dies / Black Thunder

The defiant energy of the New Negro Arts Movement that flourished between World War I and the Great Depression famously known as the Harlem Renaissance was indelibly articulated by Langston Hughes We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark skinned selves without fear or shame If white people are pleased we are glad If they are no The defiant energy of the New Negro Arts Movement that flourished between World War I and the Great Depression famously known as the Harlem Renaissance was indelibly articulated by Langston Hughes We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark skinned selves without fear or shame If white people are pleased we are glad If they are not, it doesn t matter We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves Hughes was just one of the novelists who transformed American literature with sometimes startling explorations of fresh subject matter including such controversial themes as passing and color prejudice within the black community and a defiant insistence that African American writers must speak for themselves.Four Novels of the 1930s captures the diversity of genre and tone nourished by the Harlem Renaissance Together, these novels form a vibrant and contentious collective portrait of African American culture in a moment of tumultuous change and great promise.Langston Hughes s Not Without Laughter 1931 the poet s only novel, is an elegiac, elegantly realized coming of age tale suffused with childhood memories of Missouri and Kansas follows a young man from his rural origins to the big city.George S Schuyler s Black No More 1931 , a satire founded on the science fiction premise of a wonder drug permitting blacks to change their race, savagely caricatures public figures white and black alike in its raucous, carnivalesque send up of American racial attitudes.Considered the first detective story by an African American writer, Rudolph Fisher s The Conjure Man Dies 1932 is a mystery that comically mixes and reverses stereotypes, placing a Harvard educated African conjure man at the center of a phantasmagoric charade of deaths and disappearances.Black Thunder 1936 , Arna Bontemps s stirring fictional recreation of Gabriel Prosser s 1800 slave revolt, which, though unsuccessful, shook Jefferson s Virginia to its core, marks a turn from aestheticism toward political militance in its exploration of African American history

Title : Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of the 1930s: Not Without Laughter / Black No More / The Conjure-Man Dies / Black Thunder
Author :  Rafia Zafar
Language : English
Isbn : 1598531018
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 800 pages

Rating: 4.3

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