Afromodernisms: Paris, Harlem, Haiti and the Avant-Garde


Makes a persuasive case for a black Atlantic literary renaissance & its impact on modernist studies. These 10 new chapters 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. This is the first book-length publication to explore the term 'Afromodernisms' and the first study to address together the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Fionnghuala Sweeney
  • Tyler Stovall
  • Przemystaw Strożek
  • James Smalls
  • Claudine Raynaud
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2013


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