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Author Honey, Maureen, 1945- author.

Title Aphrodite's daughters : three modernist poets of the Harlem Renaissance / Maureen Honey
Published New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Frontispiece; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Epigraphs; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. The Lyric Poetry of Angelina Weld Grimké, Gwendolyn B. Bennett, and Mae V. Cowdery; 2. Angelina Weld Grimké's Sapphic Temple of Desire; 3. Harlem's Phoenix: Gwendolyn B. Bennett; 4. Shattered Mirror: The Failed Promise of Mae V. Cowdery; Epilogue; Appendix A. List of Published Poetry; Appendix B. Selected List of Unpublished Poetry; Notes; Bibliography; Further Reading; Index; About the Author
Summary "Aphrodite's Daughters brings to dramatic life three lyrical poets of the Harlem Renaissance whose work was among the earliest to display erotic passion as a source of empowerment for women. Angelina Weld Grimke, Gwendolyn B. Bennett, and Mae V. Cowdery are framed as bold pioneers whose verse opened new frontiers into women's sexuality at the dawn of a new century. Honey describes Grimke construction of a Sapphic deity inspiring acolytes to express forbidden same-sex desire while she outlines Bennett's exploration of sexual pleasure and pain and Cowdery's frank depiction of bisexual erotics. Grimke, Bennett, and Cowdery, she argues, embraced the lyric "I" as an expression of their modernity as artists, women, and participants in the New Negro Movement by highlighting the female body as a primary source of meaning, strength and transcendence. Honey juxtaposes each poet's creative work against her life writing, personal archive, and appearances in the black press. These new source materials dramatically illuminate verse that has largely appeared without its biographical context or modernist roots. Honey's highly nuanced bio-critical portraits of this unique cadre of New Negro poets reveal the fascinating complexity of their private lives, and she creates absorbing narratives for all three as they experienced sexual awakening in lesbian, heterosexual, and bisexual contexts. The vivid interplay between intimate, racial and artistic currents in their lives makes Aphrodite's Daughters a compelling story of three courageous women who dared to be sexually alive New Negro artists paving the way toward our own era."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cowdery, Mae V. (Mae Virginia), approximately 1909-1953 -- Criticism and interpretation
Bennett, Gwendolyn, 1902-1981 -- Criticism and interpretation
Grimké, Angelina Weld, 1880-1958 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Bennett, Gwendolyn, 1902-1981 fast
Cowdery, Mae V. (Mae Virginia), approximately 1909-1953 fast
Grimké, Angelina Weld, 1880-1958 fast
Subject African American arts -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century
Modernism (Literature) -- New York (State) -- New York
African American women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Intellectual life
Women poets, American -- 20th century
African American poets -- 20th century
Harlem Renaissance.
American poetry -- Women authors -- History and criticism
American poetry -- African American authors -- History and criticism
Harlem Renaissance.
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th century.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Ethnic Studies -- African American Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Women's Studies.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- African American.
African American arts
African American poets
African American women -- Intellectual life
American poetry -- African American authors
American poetry -- Women authors
Harlem Renaissance
Modernism (Literature)
Women poets, American
New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813570808