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Countering the Cold War: Social Significance versus Social Pressure

Julia L. Mickenberg

in Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195152807
eISBN:
9780199788903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152807.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines challenges to McCarthyism that benefited leftists in the field of children's literature. Beginning with the establishment in the mid-1940s of Young World Books, a division of ... More


Southern Exposures: Hughes in Spanish

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Langston Hughes' poems in their Spanish translation to try to untangle some of the complications that arise from claims to cultural equivalence. It considers what accounts for ... More


Havana Vernaculars: The Cuba Libre Project

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the interactions of Langston Hughes and Nicolás Guillén, both with each other and with those who mediated the Cuba Libre project. In December 1948, the Ward Ritchie Press of Los ... More


In Others’ Words: Translation and Survival

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book explores how Langston Hughes' prose and poetry have enjoyed active lives in languages other than English. It presents a systematic inventory of Hughes' poems that were translated into ... More


Nomad Heart: Heterolingual Autobiography

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines how Langston Hughes writes an autobiography as a literary genre. There were substantial pressures on a black autobiographer in the United States to construct himself as a ... More


Back in the USSA: Joe McCarthy’s Mistranslations

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines how Langston Hughes' “red” poetry caught the attention of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Senator ... More


Buenos Aires Blues: Modernism in the Creole City

Vera M. Kutzinski

in The Worlds of Langston Hughes: Modernism and Translation in the Americas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451157
eISBN:
9780801466250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the reception of Langston Hughes' writing in Buenos Aires. Rather than focus on poems that place Hughes in the context of transatlantic modernisms, it situates his verse in the ... More


Photography and the Development of Radical Poetics: Langston Hughes in Haiti, Mexico, Alabama

Sarah Ehlers

in Left of Poetry: Depression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651286
eISBN:
9781469651309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Langston Hughes’s overlooked archive of photographs and scrapbooks from his 1931 trip to Haiti, arguing that Hughes’s photographic encounter with Haiti is part of the ... More


Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

W. Jason Miller

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035338
eISBN:
9780813038704
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035338.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Langston Hughes never knew of an America where lynching was absent from the cultural landscape. This book investigates the nearly three dozen poems written by Hughes on the subject of lynching to ... More


Near the Congo: Langston Hughes and the Geopolitics of Internationalist Poetry

Ira Dworkin

in Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632711
eISBN:
9781469632735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632711.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the ways that the poet’s seminal work “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” engages a discrete geopolitical space rather than a generic African continent. While the poem names four ... More


When a Man Sees Red: Langston Hughes and the Simple Stories

Brian Dolinar

in The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032691
eISBN:
9781617032707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032691.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter demonstrates how the Simple Stories came from Langston Hughes’s desire to create a working-class character for a working-class audience. In a 1945 article for Phylon magazine titled ... More


The New Day: Notes on Education and the Dark Proletariat

James Edward Ford III

in Thinking Through Crisis: Depression-Era Black Literature, Theory, and Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780823286904
eISBN:
9780823288939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286904.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This fifth notebook seeks to examine the joyous passions of the multitude by displacing self-renunciation with a frenzied ecstasy. This notebook also takes up the concept of “the New Day” from ... More


Poetry as Counternarrative: Retelling History

W. Jason Miller

in Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035338
eISBN:
9780813038704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035338.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The chapter looks into two of Hughes's closely related pair of texts—”The Negro” and “Mississippi”—both of which shift Hughes's poetic associations with lynching from Texas to the Mississippi Delta. ... More


Lyric Internationalism: Jacques Roumain and His Committee

Sarah Ehlers

in Left of Poetry: Depression America and the Formation of Modern Poetics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781469651286
eISBN:
9781469651309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651286.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers Haitian communist poet Jacques Roumain and his reception in the United States. Analyzing the production, circulation, and reception of Roumain’s writings and his authorial ... More


The Weary Blues and Other Poems Read by Langston Hughes

Williams Martin

in Jazz Changes

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195083491
eISBN:
9780199853205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.003.0030
Subject:
Music, Popular

The “jazz and poetry” combination was a short-lived phenomenon in the late 1950s which originated in the Bay area. Leonard Feather had this interesting idea of recording with Langston Hughes. ... More


Negotiating Censorship in the 1950s: Lynching as Analogy

W. Jason Miller

in Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035338
eISBN:
9780813038704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035338.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The chapter introduces the 1950s as a time when Hughes had to deal with intense censorship concerns and lynching was witnessing a change of form. It takes a close look at two of his poems “Not for ... More


The Red Summer of 1919: Finding Reassurance

W. Jason Miller

in Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035338
eISBN:
9780813038704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035338.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter revisits “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Hughes's first record of personal resistance against the threats of lynching. It highlights his most widely known poem penned while riding on a ... More


Which Sin to Bear?: Authenticity and Compromise in Langston Hughes

David E. Chinitz

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199919697
eISBN:
9780199332885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919697.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book explores Langston Hughes’s efforts to mediate problems of identity and ethics he faced as an African-American professional writer and intellectual. Determined on a literary career at a time ... More


Conclusion: Langston Hughes’s Business Suit

Nadia Nurhussein

in Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691190969
eISBN:
9780691194134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691190969.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Langston Hughes's dedicatory poem to Haile Selassie, which expresses the existence of a centralized Ethiopian empire that would actually challenge the viability of an imagined ... More


“Pink-Tinged Pages”?: McCarthyism and Children's Literature

Julia L. Mickenberg

in Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195152807
eISBN:
9780199788903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152807.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the impact of McCarthyism on the production, content, and reception of children's literature, tracing a path from 1946 when the children's literature field seemed particularly ... More


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