The Black Arts Movement : literary nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s /

James Smethurst examines the formation of the Black Arts Movement and demonstrates how it influenced the production and reception of literature and art in the US. The Movement, he argues, changed American attitudes to the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and transformed...

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Main Author: Smethurst, James Edward.
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
Series:John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
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Main Author:Smethurst, James Edward.
Summary:James Smethurst examines the formation of the Black Arts Movement and demonstrates how it influenced the production and reception of literature and art in the US. The Movement, he argues, changed American attitudes to the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and transformed public funding for the arts.

Emerging from a matrix of Old Left, black nationalist, and bohemian ideologies and institutions, African American artists and intellectuals in the 1960s coalesced to form the Black Arts Movement, the cultural wing of the Black Power Movement. In this comprehensive analysis, James Smethurst examines the formation of the Black Arts Movement and demonstrates how it deeply influenced the production and reception of literature and art in the United States through its negotiations of the ideological climate of the Cold War, decolonization, and the civil rights movement.



Taking a regional approach, Smethurst examines local expressions of the nascent Black Arts Movement, a movement distinctive in its geographical reach and diversity, while always keeping the frame of the larger movement in view. The Black Arts Movement, he argues, fundamentally changed American attitudes about the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and dramatically transformed the landscape of public funding for the arts.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xv, 471 pages) : illustrations.
System Details:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-458) and index.
ISBN:080787650X (electronic bk.)
9780807876503 (electronic bk.)
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