A Historical Guide To Langston Hughes by Steven C. TracyA Historical Guide To Langston Hughes by Steven C. Tracy

A Historical Guide To Langston Hughes

EditorSteven C. Tracy

Paperback | December 15, 2003

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Langston Hughes has been an inspiration to generations of readers and writers seeking a passionate, intelligent, and socially responsible art. In this volume, Steven C. Tracy has gathered a broad range of critics to produce an interdisciplinary approach to the important historical and culturalelements reflected in the variety of genres in which Hughes worked. Through the lenses of creative writers, musicians, social activists and critics, this collection explores the ways that Hughes transformed American literature and society. Rooting his aesthetic in the art and values of Black folk,Hughes mediated the conflicting artistic demands of both the literati and the masses, demonstrating the social and spiritual power of art. Contributors to this volume place Hughes in the context of Harlem, his preferred geographical and spiritual home base, as well as the larger political, social,musical, and artistic milieu of his rapidly changing times. Their essays examine Hughes's negotiation of his own moral and ethical ground in a complex, sometimes hostile world, and demonstrate the remarkable triumph of a sensitive, creative human being who refused to be overwhelmed by the forces ofdiscrimination, pessimism, and bitterness that claimed so many writers of his generation. An essentially very private individual, Hughes nonetheless rejected difficulty, obscurity, and the ivory tower in order to generate a very public life and art. This volume, with its historical essays, briefbiography, and illustrated chronology, provides a concise yet authoritative portrait of one of America's and the world's most beloved writers.
Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Title:A Historical Guide To Langston HughesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195144341

ISBN - 13:9780195144345


Table of Contents

Steven C. Tracy: Introduction: Hughes in Our Time1. R. Baxter Miller: Langston Hughes, 1902-1967: A Brief Biography2. James de Jongh: The Poet Speaks of Places: A Close Reading of Langston Hughes's Literary Use of Place3. Steven C. Tracy: Langston Hughes and Afro-American Vernacular Music4. Joyce A. Joyce: Hughes and Twentieth-Century Genderracial Issues5. James Smethurst: The Adventures of a Social Poet: Langston Hughes from the Popular Front to Black Power6. Illustrated Chronology7. Dolan Hubbard: Bibliographical Essay8. Contributors

Editorial Reviews

"Offers a useful introduction to the 'Shakespeare of Harlem.' It firmly returns Hughes's prose and poetry to their historical and biographical contexts.... Together with the included biography, timeline, and bibliographic essay, these essays will be a helpful resource for collegestudents."--Virginia Quarterly Review