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The Resource Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century, Sara Blair

Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century, Sara Blair

Label
Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century
Title
Harlem crossroads
Title remainder
Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century
Statement of responsibility
Sara Blair
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Harlem riot of 1935 not only signaled the end of the Harlem Renaissance; it made black America's cultural capital an icon for the challenges of American modernity. Luring photographers interested in socially conscious, journalistic, and aesthetic representation, post-Renaissance Harlem helped give rise to America's full-blown image culture and its definitive genre, documentary. The images made there in turn became critical to the work of black writers seeking to reinvent literary forms. Harlem Crossroads is the first book to examine their deep, sustained engagements with photographic practices. Arguing for Harlem as a crossroads between writers and the image, Sara Blair explores its power for canonical writers, whose work was profoundly responsive to the changing meanings and uses of photographs. She examines literary engagements with photography from the 1930s to the 1970s and beyond, among them the collaboration of Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava, Richard Wright's uses of Farm Security Administration archives, James Baldwin's work with Richard Avedon, and Lorraine Hansberry's responses to civil rights images. Drawing on extensive archival work and featuring images never before published, Blair opens strikingly new views of the work of major literary figures, including Ralph Ellison's photography and its role in shaping his landmark novel Invisible Man, and Wright's uses of camera work to position himself as a modernist and postwar writer. Harlem Crossroads opens new possibilities for understanding the entangled histories of literature and the photograph, as it argues for the centrality of black writers to cultural experimentation throughout the twentieth century."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blair, Sara
Dewey number
810.9/358
Illustrations
coats of arms
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.N5
LC item number
B563 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Politics and literature
  • African Americans
  • Photography
  • Photography
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • African American aesthetics
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
preschool
Label
Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century, Sara Blair
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-340) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A riot of images: Harlem and the pursuit of modernity -- Documenting Harlem: images and afterlives -- From Black voices to Black power: Richard Wright and the trial of documentary -- Ralph Ellison, photographer -- Photo-text capital: James Baldwin, Richard Avedon, and the uses of Harlem -- Dodging and burning: the writer and the image after the Civil Rights Era -- Coda looking back: Toni Morrison and the return to Plato's cave
Control code
76937391
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 353 pages
Isbn
9780691130873
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006100313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)76937391
Label
Harlem crossroads : Black writers and the photograph in the twentieth century, Sara Blair
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-340) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A riot of images: Harlem and the pursuit of modernity -- Documenting Harlem: images and afterlives -- From Black voices to Black power: Richard Wright and the trial of documentary -- Ralph Ellison, photographer -- Photo-text capital: James Baldwin, Richard Avedon, and the uses of Harlem -- Dodging and burning: the writer and the image after the Civil Rights Era -- Coda looking back: Toni Morrison and the return to Plato's cave
Control code
76937391
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 353 pages
Isbn
9780691130873
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006100313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)76937391

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