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The New Negro Flow and the Black Atlantic: The Musical Discourse of the Literary Griots of the Americas

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Gras,Delphine (Author)
Publication Date:
Seattle, WA: University of Washington
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Literature, African diaspora, South America, Harlem Renaissance, Negritude, Black Atlantic, Francophone
249 p., Investigates the role of music in 20th century literature of the Americas. It expands the concept of the New Negro Renaissance in terms of time, place, and language. Previous studies have diminished the geographical and temporal extent of this defining moment, locating it in Harlem, starting in 1919 with the end of WWI and the Great Migration, and ending with the 1930 Great Depression. This project departs from this traditional account, demonstrating that what is usually perceived as a North American phenomenon was, in fact, international from its inception. Paying particular attention to the United States and the Caribbean, it examines "The New Negro Flow," which represents the discussion occurring during the first half of the 20th century between places in the Americas where there had been a large transplanted Black population.