Rethinking Social Realism: African American Art and Literature, 1930-1953
Stacy I. MorganISBN: 0820325791;
Book DescriptionThe social realist movement, with its focus on proletarian themes and its strong ties to New Deal programs and leftist politics, has long been considered a Depression-era phenomenon that ended with the start of World War II. This study explores how and why African American writers and visual artists sustained an engagement with the themes and aesthetics of social realism into the early Cold War era--far longer than a majority of their white counterparts. Stacy I. Morgan first recallsthe social realist atmosphere in which certain African American artists and writers were immersed--the political philosophies and works of cultural criticism as well as the community-based institutions, exhibition venues, and publications in locales ranging from Chicago to Mexico City to New York. Rethinking Social Realism then looks closely at the media that proved to be the most appealing and effective to African American social realists: murals, graphic arts, poetry, and novels....
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