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Kitchenette correlatives: African American neo-modernism the popular front, and the emergence of a black literary avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s

@inproceedings{Smethurst2007KitchenetteCA,
  title={Kitchenette correlatives: African American neo-modernism the popular front, and the emergence of a black literary avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s},
  author={J. Smethurst},
  year={2007}
}
Like many of their white peers, post-World War Ⅱ African American writers and critics strongly engaged the legacy of early twentieth century modernism. They were interested in the utility of various strains of ”high modernism” for the figuration of black subjectivity and experience as well as a tool for aggressively claiming African American artistic citizenship. At the same time, black writers were acutely aware of the racism of many of the leading U.S. modernists and their champions, such as… Expand