Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

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During the 20s and 30s, an extraordinary confluence of black talent expressed itself in the literary and cultural phenomenon that has come to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. In a radical assertion of racial self-consciousness and a celebration of ethnic identity which was echoed across the nation, black writers and intellectuals came together with the intent of redefining the vision of America through artistic endeavor. The texts and authors which have long been recognized as exemplary of the Harlem Renaissance - Toomer, Hurston, Larsen, Hughes - have inspired increasingly widespread historical and literary studies of the era, but until now there has been no definitive volume rendering them accessible to the mainstream American classroom. The anthology, which contains three novellas and four Short stories, offers lucid biographical headnotes about each of the authors included. Bill Andrews' fluid and insightful introduction provides a full historical context for a study of the Harlem Renaissance, inquiring into its motives and its follies, its ambitions and its failures; and he traces its resonances to the present day. Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance offers every prospect of becoming the flagship textbook for studies of the more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • ports.
  • 019508196X
  • 9780195081961

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"It's wonderful to have these well-chosen representatives of a vital and interesting movement."--David Ray, University of Missouri at Kansas City"[This edition] reissues Home to Harlem, presently out of print, and includes Quicksand in its entirety. That alone justifies its cost. The remaining selections are truly representative of the literary period. Editorial comments are excellent and lucid."--Judy Massey, Loyola University"Good choices of Harlem Renaissance prose fiction....The Harlem Renaissance glossary is a useful and timely addendum."--Brenda Marie Osbey, Loyola University"This superb collection will be an invaluable resource for teachers interested in expanding the canon of modern American literature."--Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee"An excellent selection of Harlem Renaissance authors. This will acquaint students with the era in a way that no other single literature text can."--James Robert Saunders, University of Toledo"A damn good text."--Anna M. Connlin, Spalding University"A much needed, much appreciated anthology on a pivotal period in American letters. It provides invaluable information."--Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Technical School"A useful introduction to the subject, and the literature contained in it is a most potent argument that one cannot be considered to have fluency in American culture, certainly American Letters, without knowledge of it."--Quarterly Black Reviewshow more

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