Book , Print in English

The Black Arts Movement : literary nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s

James Edward Smethurst.
  • Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
  • xv, 471 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Local Subjects
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
  • Emerging from a matrix of Old Left, black nationalist, and bohemian ideologies and institutions, African American artists and intellectuals in the 1960s coalesced to form the Black Arts Movement, the cultural wing of the Black Power Movement. In this comprehensive analysis, James Smethurst examines the formation of the Black Arts Movement and demonstrates how it deeply influenced the production and reception of literature and art in the United States through its negotiations of the ideological climate of the Cold War, decolonization, and the civil rights movement. Taking a regional approach, Smethurst examines local expressions of the nascent Black Arts Movement, a movement distinctive in its geographical reach and diversity, while always keeping the frame of the larger movement in view. The Black Arts Movement, he argues, fundamentally changed American attitudes about the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and dramatically transformed the landscape of public funding for the arts.
  • note: 1. Foreground and underground : the left, nationalism, and the origins of the black arts matrix
  • 2. Artists imagine the nation, the nation imagines art : the black arts movement and popular culture, history, gender, performance, and textuality
  • 3. New York altar city : New York, the northeast, and the development of black arts cadres and ideologies
  • 4. Institutions for the people : Chicago, Detroit, and the black arts movement in the midwest
  • 5. Bandung world : the west coast, the black arts movement, and the development of revolutionary nationalism, cultural nationalism, third worldism, and multiculturalism
  • 6. Behold the land : regionalism, the black nation, and the black arts movement in the south
  • App. 1 Birth dates of selected black arts and black power figures.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-458) and index.
  • OCLC
Additional form
  • 080782934X
  • 9780807829349
  • 0807855987
  • 9780807855980
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2004027170
  • OCLC: 57002162
  • OCLC: 57002162