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The culture of sports in the Harlem Renaissance

Author: Daniel Anderson
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sports remain conspicuously absent from much of the literature on the popular culture of the Harlem Renaissance. A few prominent writers used sports in distinctive ways to communicate their vision. Meanwhile, writers of the Harlem press promoted sports with community consciousness, insightful analysis and a playful love of language, arguing their importance in the fight for racial equality"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Anderson
ISBN: 9781476665184 1476665184
OCLC Number: 962125070
Description: viii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: Literature and the Renaissance intelligentsia. The "discipline of work and play": athletics, education and the Harlem intelligentsia's concept of culture --
"Minds of fleetful thoughts": Negro League baseball, intellectualism and the black bourgeoisie --
Escaping the iron cage: sports, art and performance in Harlem's "Black Bohemia" --
The "lost arts": baseball and boxing in the historiography of James Weldon Johnson --
Part II: Sportswriting and the Harlem Press. "Jazz journalism": sportswriting and popular culture in the black press --
"A course in the curriculum of the institution": sports and politics in the Harlem Press --
"Race first" in the sports section: Romeo Dougherty and Harlem's Caribbean circle --
The dean's demise: the sudden fall and long disappearance of Romeo Doughtery --
Epilogue: Arna Bontemps, Sterling Brown, and the end of an era.
Responsibility: Daniel Anderson.

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During the African American cultural resurgence of the 1920s and 1930s, professional athletes shared the spotlight with artists and intellectuals. Although the black intelligentsia largely dismissed  Read more...

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"captivatingly examines why the 1920s and early-1930s Harlem literati were not avid sports fans or students of sports...recommended"--Choice; "[A]n important book that connects the fields of English, Read more...

 
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