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/ “To Glorify the Negro”: Photographic Shock and Blackness in Carl Van Vechten's Portraiture

Dorothy Stringer

in Not Even Past: Race, Historical Trauma, and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen, and Van Vechten

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231478
eISBN:
9780823241088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231478.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Photography, for important modern and contemporary cultural theorists, is strongly associated with psychological shock. Benjamin's theoretical account of photography, therefore, directly analogizes ... More


Visionary Critics

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, American

As contemporary European music arrived in the United States and Americans devised their own brands of modernism, a new generation of critics took on a parallel challenge, attempting to interpret ... More


“Slightly Known Territory”: Renaissance Admixture and the So-Called Van Vechten School

Scott Herring

in Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores Carl Van Vechten's queer slumming. Prior to his controversial participation in the Harlem (New Negro) Renaissance, the transatlantic bohemian's “weird six-foot presence seemed ... More


Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Scott Herring

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

At the start of the twentieth century, tales of “how the other half lives” experienced a surge in popularity. People looking to go slumming without leaving home turned to these narratives for ... More


Not Even Past: Race, Historical Trauma, and Subjectivity in Faulkner, Larsen, and Van Vechten

Dorothy Stringer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231478
eISBN:
9780823241088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231478.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book highlights references to nineteenth-century U.S. slavery and anti-Black racism in literary and photographic projects begun during the late 1920s and early 1930s, including novels by William ... More


Carl Van Vechten: Letter to George Gershwin (February 14, 1924)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Carl Van Vechten's letter to George Gershwin dated February 14, 1924. This is letter is about Gershwin's successful concert performance in New York. Van Vechten ... More


Eric Walrond: A Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean

James Davis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157841
eISBN:
9780231538619
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book profiles Eric Walrond (1898–1966), the writer, journalist, and critic, whose short story collection, Tropic Death, was one of the first efforts by a black author to depict Caribbean lives ... More


New Negro: Paul Robeson’s Formation in Harlem

James Donald

in Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter provides the context in which to understand Paul Robeson’s reception in Europe as both “American” and “black,” showing how the interaction between the two terms defined his intellectual, ... More


Nathanael West and the Hollywood Novel

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.014
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The Hollywood novel emerged in 1912, on the heels of the rising Hollywood film industry. The Hollywood novel was a broad category that included romance, satire, and crime fiction, and revolved around ... More


Carl Van Vechten: “George Gershwin, an Amencan Composer Who is Writing Notable Music in the Jazz Idiom” (1925)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of music critic Carl Van Vechten's article which was published in the March 25, 1925, issue of Vanity Fair about the jazz composition of George Gershwin. In this ... More


In the Service of the Motherland

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

in Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139637
eISBN:
9789882208698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139637.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Wong returned from China to United States in 1936 determined to accept only roles with favorable Chinese roles and to support China in resistance to Japanese imperialism. Wong starred in a series of ... More


After The New Negro

in Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226317762
eISBN:
9780226317809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317809.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The Renaissance is often discussed as a history of publication, for it impressed many simply because of the rise in the number of books published during the latter 1920s. Also, the awards given by ... More


Burleigh Spirituals and the Harlem Renaissance: “A dangerous tendency toward sophisticated over-elaboration”

Jean E. Snyder

in Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039942
eISBN:
9780252098109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039942.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the controversy between Harry T. Burleigh and his colleagues and critics over the issue of spirituals during the Harlem Renaissance. Although Burleigh was still regarded as the ... More


Applications

Kevin W. Saunders

in Degradation: What the History of Obscenity Tells Us about Hate Speech

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741443
eISBN:
9780814708750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741443.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter discusses a number of applications of the obscenity-based test aimed at determining whether an expression constitutes hate speech. It presents examples that focus on the sort of speech ... More


The Harlem Renaissance Novel

Zita Nunes

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on American novels written during the Harlem Renaissance, a period of unprecedented artistic production spanning the early 1920s and the mid-1930s. Also known as the Negro ... More


8 Applications

Kevin W. Saunders

in Degradation: What the History of Obscenity Tells Us about Hate Speech

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741443
eISBN:
9780814708750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741443.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter discusses a number of applications of the obscenity-based test aimed at determining whether an expression constitutes hate speech. It presents examples that focus on the sort of speech ... More


Conclusion: Musical without End

Brian Roberts

in Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226451503
eISBN:
9780226451787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter argues that there is a reason few Americans today have ever heard of the Hutchinson Family singers, while manifestations of the minstrel perception – such as college blackface parties – ... More


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