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Afromodernisms: Paris, Harlem and the Avant-Garde

Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh


The ten chapters in this book 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. The book explores the term ‘Afromodernisms’ and addresses together the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.

Keywords: modernism, black artists, black writers, black intellectuals, modernist avant-garde, blackness, black Atlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748646401
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fionnghuala Sweeney, editor
University College Dublin

Kate Marsh, editor
University of Liverpool

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