Word, Image, and the New Negro

Word, Image, and the New Negro : Representation and Identity in the Harlem Renaissance

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This book focuses on the collaborative illustrated volumes published during the Harlem Renaissance, in which African Americans used written and visual texts to shape ideas about themselves and to redefine African American identity. Anne Elizabeth Carroll argues that these volumes show how participants in the movement engaged in the processes of representation and identity formation in sophisticated and largely successful ways. Though they have received little scholarly attention, these volumes constitute an important aspect of the cultural production of the Harlem Renaissance. Word, Image, and the New Negro marks the beginning of a long-overdue recovery of this legacy and points the way to a greater understanding of the potential of texts to influence social change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated
  • 60 b&w photos
  • 0253219191
  • 9780253219190
  • 962,334

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Texts, Ideas, and Identities
1. Protest and Affirmation: Composite Texts in The Crisis
2. Objectivity and Social Change: Essays and News Stories in Opportunity
3. The Arts as a Social Tool: Mixing Media in The Crisis and Opportunity
4. Survey Graphic's Harlem Issue: Defining the New Negro as American
5. Collective Identity in the Anthology: Representing the Race in The New Negro
6. The Importance of Multiple Identities: Fire!! as an Avant-garde Arts Magazine
Conclusion: The Evolving Portrait

Works Cited
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. . . The author's analysis of how the illustrations amplify and create tension with the writing and how they empower and sometimes disempower their subjects is the first critical work in this important area. Generously illustrated. Highly recommended. * Choice * Carroll's book would serve well in an upper-level undergraduate course as an introductory study of the interaction of texts and visuals in American magazines of the twentieth century. Her ideas are generally clear . . . and easy to follow.Vol. 50:1/2 * American Studies *
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About Anne Elizabeth Carroll

Anne Elizabeth Carroll is Associate Professor of English at Wichita State University.
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