The indignant generation : a narrative history of African American writers and critics, 1934-1960 / Lawrence P. Jackson

Author(s): Jackson, Lawrence Patrick
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Subjects: American literature--African American authors--History and criticism
African Americans--Intellectual life--20th century
African American critics
African Americans--Race identity
African American arts--20th century
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2011
LC Classification: P, PS
Physical Description: xiv, 579 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Table of Contents: List of Illustrations
Introduction Irredeemable Promise: The Bittersweet Career of J. Saunders Redding 1
Chapter One. Three Swinging Sisters: Harlem, Howard, and the South Side (1934-1936) 15
Chapter Two. The Black Avant-Garde between Left and Right (1935-1939) 42
Chapter Three. A New Kind of Challenge (1936-1939) 68
Chapter Four. The Triumph of Chicago Realism (1938-1940) 93
Chapter Five. Bigger Thomas among the Liberals (1940-1943) 123
Chapter Six. Friends in Need of Negroes: Bucklin Moon and Thomas Sancton (1942-1945) 149
Chapter Seven. "Beating That Boy": White Writers, Critics, Editors, and the Liberal Arts Coalition (1944-1949) 178
Chapter Eight. Afroliberals and the End of World War II (1945-1946) 196
Chapter Nine. Black Futilitarianists and the Welcome Table (1945-1947) 219
Chapter Ten. The Peril of Something New, or, the Decline of Social Realism (1947-1948) 258
Chapter Eleven. The Negro New Liberal Critic and the Big Little Magazine (1948-1949) 275
Chapter Twelve. The Communist Dream of African American Modernism (1947-1950) 297
Chapter Thirteen. The Insinuating Poetics of the Mainstream (1949-1950) 323
Chapter Fourteen. Still Looking for Freedom (1949-1954) 342
Chapter Fifteen. The Expatriation: The Price of Brown and the New Bohemians (1952-1955) 379
Chapter Sixteen. Liberal Friends No More: The Rubble of White Patronage (1956-1958) 411
Chapter Seventeen. The End of the Negro Writer (1955-1960) 444
Chapter Eighteen. The Reformation of Black New Liberals (1958-1960) 470
Chapter Nineteen. Prometheus Unbound (1958-1960) 485
Notes 511
Index 559
Notes: LCCN: 2009049322
ISBN: 9780691141350 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0691141355 (cloth : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary: This the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two indispensable epochs saw the communal rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. While these individuals have been duly celebrated, little attention has been paid to the political and artistic milieu in which they produced their greatest works. With this study, the author recalls the lost history of a crucial era. Looking at the tumultuous decades surrounding World War II, Jackson restores the "indignant" quality to a generation of African American writers shaped by Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, the growth of American communism, and an international wave of decolonization. He also reveals how artistic collectives in New York, Chicago, and Washington fostered a sense of destiny and belonging among diverse and disenchanted peoples. As he shows, through contemporary documents, the years that brought us Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, and Invisible Man also saw the rise of African American literary criticism by both black and white critics. Fully exploring the cadre of key African American writers who triumphed in spite of segregation, this work paints a portrait of American intellectual and artistic life in the mid-twentieth century
Contents: Three swinging sisters: Harlem, Howard, and the South Side (1934-1936) -- The Black avant-garde between Left and Right (1935-1939) -- A new kind of challenge (1936-1939) -- The triumph of Chicago realism (1938-1940) -- Bigger Thomas among the liberals (1940-1943) -- Friends in need of Negroes: Bucklin Moon and Thomas Sancton (1942-1945) -- "Beating that boy": white writers, critics, editors, and the Liberal Arts Coalition (1944-1949) -- Afroliberals and the end of World War II (1945-1946) -- Black futilitarianists and the welcome table (1945-1947) -- The peril of something new, or, the decline of social realism (1947-1948) -- The Negro new liberal critic and the big little magazine (1948-1949) -- The Communist dream of African American modernism (1947-1950) -- The insinuating poetics of the mainstream (1949-1950) -- Still looking for freedom (1949-1954) -- The expatriation: the price of Brown and the new Bohemians (1952-1955) -- Liberal friends no more: the rubble of white patronage (1956-1958) -- The end of the Negro writer (1955-1960) -- The reformation of Black new liberals (1958-1960) -- Prometheus unbound (1958-1960)
OCLC Number: 473655638
ISBN/ISSN: 9780691141350