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Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646401

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646401.001.0001

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Stormy Weather and Afromodernism

(p.232) Afterword

Bill E. Lawson

Edinburgh University Press

The chapters in this work give a vivid presentation of the manner in which members of the black Atlantic artistic community met, and in doing so meshed black art forms emerging from lived experience into the art of Europe and the United States to create new forms while retaining their own distinctive styles. This chapter presents an assessment of the Hollywood film, Stormy Weather (1943) as a supplemental discussion to those emerging from these chapters. It argues that the film unambiguously presents the vitality of the African American cultural experience in a provocative visual narrative that suggests ways of thinking about the role of culture and its relationship to art and politics in the period. It draws attention to certain scenes from the film by way of reflecting on some of the themes explored in the chapter in this volume.

Keywords:   black artists, modernism, African American culture, art, politics

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