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Worlds of Color

Dohra Ahmad

in Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195332766
eISBN:
9780199868124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332766.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter analyzes the utopian fiction of Pauline Hopkins and W. E. B. Du Bois. In response to a long-standing problem with emplacement, both authors use their fiction to manufacture idealized ... More


“This Burden of Consciousness”: Richard Wright and the Psychology of Race Relations, 1927–1947

Gabriel N. Mendes

in Under the Strain of Color: Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453502
eISBN:
9781501701399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453502.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores Wright’s involvement in Communism and Marxism. Born in Jim Crow Mississippi in 1908 during the time of the Great Migration, Wright and his family settled in Chicago where he ... More


Black America and the overthrow of the European colonial order: The tragic voice of Richard Wright

Bill Schwarz

in Cultures of Decolonisation: Transnational productions and practices, 1945-70

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719096525
eISBN:
9781526104335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719096525.003.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

The chapter explores how Richard Wright, the great American author and black radical, in his concern with the dynamics of European decolonisation, envisaged the effects of the end of British rule ... More


Contesting Narratives of Failed Performance: Racial Identity and National Exceptionality

Brittany Powell Kennedy

in Between Distant Modernities: Performing Exceptionality in Francoist Spain and the Jim Crow South

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628461978
eISBN:
9781626744943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461978.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter builds upon what Paul Gilroy identifies as an inherent “double-consciousness” within modernity and exposes the performativity inherent in that experience, particularly within the racial ... More


Accidents Going Somewhere to Happen: African-American Self-Definition at Mid-Century

Steven Belletto

in No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Beginning with a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s more recent novel The Intuitionist (1999), chapter four covers a range of works, from the most influential African-American novels of mid-century, ... More


Power & Profession: Richard Wright's Mississippi & Its Expatriate Legacies

Thadious M. Davis

in Southscapes: Geographies of Race, Region, and Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835210
eISBN:
9781469602554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869321_davis.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter is divided into three parts. The first tells us how generations of black writers benefited from Richard Nathaniel Wright directly and from the Federal Writers' Project, constituted in ... More


Essaying to Be an Exile: Richard Wright Following The God That Failed

James Zeigler

in Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781496802385
eISBN:
9781496802439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802385.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how an anthology of essays by ex-Communists, The God That Failed, presented international audiences with the anticommunist discourse that flourished in the United States. As ... More


Introduction: “A Deeper Science”

Gabriel N. Mendes

in Under the Strain of Color: Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453502
eISBN:
9781501701399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453502.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introductory chapter recounts how Richard Wright and Dr. Fredric Wertham met black convicted murderer, Clinton Brewer, and discusses how Wright and Wertham succeeded in asking the New Jersey ... More


Lonely Crusaders, Part I

Alan M. Wald

in American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835869
eISBN:
9781469601502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837344_wald.9
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on three African American writers of the Depression generation: Chester Himes, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. Their respective Communist autobiographies—The Lonely Crusade ... More


Introduction

Matthew Hart

in Nations of Nothing But Poetry: Modernism, Transnationalism, and Synthetic Vernacular Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195390339
eISBN:
9780199776191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390339.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Introduces the controversial status of modernism's relation to vernacular language through a discussion of Gertrude Stein's poetic narrative, “Melanctha” (1909), with particular focus on its warm ... More


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