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Cultural Institute Literary Salon Series: ‘Editing the Harlem Renaissance’

May 17 @ 14:00

Editing the Harlem Renaissance

In this special online event, Dr Rachel Farebrother and Dr Miriam Thaggert discuss co-editing A History of the Harlem Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and African American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930 (CUP, 2022).

The Cambridge History of the Harlem Renaissance presents new essays that explore the unprecedented flowering of African American cultural expression in the 1920s and 1930s that is now known as the Harlem Renaissance. In its attention to a wide range of genres and forms – from the roman à clef and the bildungsroman to dance and book illustrations – the volume seeks to at once encapsulate and analyze the eclecticism of Harlem Renaissance cultural expression. It takes stock of nearly a hundred years of “Harlem Renaissance studies” and considers what the future augurs for the study of “the New Negro.”

African American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930 presents original essays that map ideological, historical, and cultural shifts in the 1920s. Complicating the familiar reading of the 1920s as a decade that began with a spectacular boom and ended with disillusionment and bust, the collection explores the range and diversity of Black cultural production. Emphasizing a generative contrast between the ephemeral qualities of periodicals, clothes, and décor and the relative fixity of canonical texts, the volume captures in its dynamics a cultural movement that was fluid and expansive.

Miriam Thaggert is Associate Professor of African American Literature at SUNY-Buffalo. She is the author of Images of Black Modernism: Verbal and Visual Strategies of the Harlem Renaissance (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). With Rachel Farebrother, she is co-editor of A History of the Harlem Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and African American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930 (CUP, 2022).  Her essays have appeared in African American ReviewAmerican QuarterlyAmerican Literary HistoryFeminist Modernist StudiesMeridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, and the edited volume New Modernist Studies. Her new monograph, Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad (University of Illinois) will be published in June, 2022.

Rachel Farebrother is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies at Swansea University. She is the author of The Collage Aesthetic in the Harlem Renaissance (Ashgate, 2009). Her essays have appeared in Comparative American StudiesJournal of American StudiesMELUSModernism/modernity, and various edited collections. With Miriam Thaggert (SUNY-Buffalo), she has co-edited The History of the Harlem Renaissance (CUP, 2021) and African American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930 (CUP, 2022).

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May 17
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14:00
Website:
http://bit.ly/editinghr

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