The New Negro
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The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke

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A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the twentieth century to mentor a generation of young artists like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro-the gender ambiguous, transformative, artistic African Americans whose art would subjectivize Black people and embolden greatness.

Alain Locke (1885-1954) believed Black Americans were sleeping giant that could transform America into a truly humanistic and pluralistic society. In the 1920s, these views were radical, but by announcing a New Negro in art, literature, music, dance, theatre, Locke shifted the discussion of race from the problem-centered discourses of politics and economics to the new creative industries of American modernism. Although this Europhile detested jazz, he used the Jazz Age interest in Black
aesthetics to plant the notion in American minds that Black people were America's quintessential artists and Black urban communities were crucibles of creativity where a different life was possible in America. By promoting art, a Black dandy subjectivized Black people and became in the process a New
Negro himself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 944 pages
  • 164 x 237 x 56mm | 1,432g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019508957X
  • 9780195089578
  • 872,799

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This biography is a work of profound learning and keen insight, with deep wells of empathy. * Daniel Matlin, Literary Review *
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About Jeffrey C. Stewart

Jeffrey C. Stewart is Professor and Chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History and editor of Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen.
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