AfromodernismsParis, Harlem and the Avant-Garde

AfromodernismsParis, Harlem and the Avant-Garde

Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9780748646401

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Abstract

The ten chapters in this book stretch and challenge current canonical configurations of modernism in two key ways: by considering the centrality of black artists, writers, and intellectuals as key actors and core presences in the development of a modernist avant-garde; and by interrogating ‘blackness’ as an aesthetic and political category at critical moments during the twentieth century. The book explores the term ‘Afromodernisms’ and addresses together the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.