Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination by James de JonghVicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination by James de Jongh

Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination

byJames de Jongh

Paperback | November 19, 2009

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Harlem, a quintessentially black city in the midst of a great modern metropolis, has piqued the imagination of writers and artists since the turn of the century. Its subsequent history as a legendary cultural centre and a notorious ghetto only intensified its mystique and inspired large numbers of writers, among them Sherwood Anderson, Federico Garcia Lorca, Fannie Hurst, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Ishmael Reed, and Tom Wolfe. In Vicious Modernism, James de Jongh traces the evolution of the imaginative usage of Harlem by literary artists over the past seventy years. The book concentrates on the aesthetic and cultural force of the idea of Harlem, and de Jongh identifies three distinct phases in its evolution within the literary imagination: its promise as a cultural capital in the 1920s; the failure of that promise and the emergence of a ghetto in the 40s; and finally, following the race riots of the early 1960s, a shared vision of Harlem as cultural capital and contemporary slum.

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Title:Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521123305

ISBN - 13:9780521123303

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Introduction; Vicious Modernism; Part I. the Legendary Capital: the 1920s and 1930s; 1.The legendary capital; 2. City of refuge; 3. Crossing the color line; 4. Me revoici, Harlem; Part II. The Emerging Ghetto: The 1940s and 1950s; 5. The emerging ghetto; 6. Go tell it on the mountain; 7. Montage of a dream deferred; 8. Megro de todo o mundo; Part III. the Inner City: the 1960s and 1970s; 9. The inner city; 10. Jitterbugging in the streets; 11. Echoes in a burnt building; 12. Mumbo jumbo; Epilogue: black Harlem and the literary imagination; Appendices.