The Resource The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s, Mary Helen Washington

The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s, Mary Helen Washington

Label
The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s
Title
The other blacklist
Title remainder
the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s
Statement of responsibility
Mary Helen Washington
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few include the activities of radical writers and artists from the Black Popular Front. Washington's work incorporates these black intellectuals back into our understanding of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and art and expands our understanding of the creative ferment energizing all of America during this period. Mary Helen Washington reads four representative writers--Lloyd Brown, Frank London Brown, Alice Childress, and Gwendolyn Brooks--and surveys the work of the visual artist Charles White. She traces resonances of leftist ideas and activism in their artistic achievements and follows their balanced critique of the mainstream liberal and conservative political and literary spheres. Her study recounts the targeting of African American as well as white writers during the McCarthy era, reconstructs the events of the 1959 Black Writers' Conference in New York, and argues for the ongoing influence of the Black Popular Front decades after it folded. Defining the contours of a distinctly black modernism and its far-ranging radicalization of American politics and culture, Washington fundamentally reorients scholarship on African American and Cold War literature and life." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Washington, Mary Helen
Dewey number
810.9/896073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS 153 .N5 W349 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Politics and literature
  • African Americans
  • Right and left (Political science) in literature
  • Cold War in literature
  • African Americans
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Cold War (1945-1989) in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Right and left (Political science) in literature
  • United States
Label
The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s, Mary Helen Washington
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lloyd L. Brown: black fire in the cold war -- Charles White: "Robeson with a brush and pencil" -- Alice Childress: black, red, and feminist -- When Gwendolyn Brooks wore red -- Frank London Brown: the end of the Black Cultural Front and the turn toward civil rights -- 1959: Spycraft and the black literary left -- Epilogue: The example of Julian Mayfield
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780231152709
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2013031563
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)858610476
  • (OCoLC)ocn858610476
Label
The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s, Mary Helen Washington
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lloyd L. Brown: black fire in the cold war -- Charles White: "Robeson with a brush and pencil" -- Alice Childress: black, red, and feminist -- When Gwendolyn Brooks wore red -- Frank London Brown: the end of the Black Cultural Front and the turn toward civil rights -- 1959: Spycraft and the black literary left -- Epilogue: The example of Julian Mayfield
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 347 pages
Isbn
9780231152709
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2013031563
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)858610476
  • (OCoLC)ocn858610476

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