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Title Race capital? : Harlem as setting and symbol / Andrew M. Fearnley, Daniel Matlin, editors
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 300 pages) : illustrations
Contents From prophecy to preservation : Harlem as temporal vector / Andrew M. Fearnley -- Class, gender, and community in "Harlem sketches" : representing black urban modernity in interwar African American newspapers / Clare Corbould -- Harlem : the making of a ghetto discourse / Daniel Matlin -- What's the matter with Baby Sister? : Chester Himes's struggles to film Harlem / Paula J. Massood -- Harlem's difference / Winston James -- Black women's intellectual labor and the social spaces of black radical thought in Harlem / Minkah Makalani -- Harlem as culture capital in 1920s African American fiction / Cheryl A. Wall -- City of numbers : rethinking Harlem's place in Black business history / Shane White -- Harlem, U.S.A. : capital of the black freedom movement / Brian Purnell -- Richard Bruce Nugent's queer Harlem / Dorothea Löbbermann -- Race, class, and gentrification in Harlem since 1980 / Themis Chronopoulos -- When Harlem was in Vogue magazine / John L. Jackson, Jr
Summary "As twenty-first century Harlem gentrifies, the neighborhood's status as the center of African American life and culture has generated scholarly as well as public interest. However, the roots and implications of Harlem as a symbolic capital of black life have been more assumed than examined. This collection brings together prominent scholars in literary studies, film studies, and history to explore the cultural and social history of Harlem and to examine how the neighborhood achieved its status within African American life. For almost a century, Harlem's image has been deployed as "setting and symbol" by politicians and activists, cultural strategists, novelists and poets, painters and musicians, photographers and film makers, social scientists and journalists, all of whom have sought to root their hopeful visions of "race development"--Or their indictments of racial injustice--in the concrete immediacy and specificity of Harlem. The notion of Harlem as a "race capital" has been integral to these efforts, whether Harlem has been celebrated as the vanguard of black empowerment, self-determination, and cultural maturation, or lamented as the ultimate symbol of the hypersegregation and exploitation of black people. Topics explored include what groups were left out of the mythology of Harlem; the limits of Harlem's exceptionalism; Harlem as a literary phenomenon; the history of numbers; the neighborhood's transnational character; and the ways Harlem participates in the history of gay Black life and politics. The final chapters examine contemporary public policies and commercial dynamics within historical context to understand contemporary debates regarding gentrification"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Intellectual life
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
Intellectual life.
Race relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Civilization
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Intellectual life
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Race relations
New York (N.Y.) -- Civilization
New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life.
New York (N.Y.) -- Race relations.
New York (State) -- New York -- Harlem.
New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Fearnley, Andrew M., editor.
Matlin, Daniel, editor.
LC no. 2018041029
ISBN 0231544804
Other Titles Harlem as setting and symbol