A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary

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This book explores the impact of African American culture on modernist poetic language by placing black literature and culture at the center of an inquiry into the genealogy of avant-garde poetics. Geoffrey Jacques looks at how blackface minstrelsy, ragtime, vernacular languages, advertising copy, Freud's idea of the Uncanny, vaudeville, the cliche, and Tin Pan Alley--style song all influenced modernist poetry. In a key insight, Jacques points out that the black urban community in the United States did not live in ghettos ...

A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary 2009, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst

ISBN-13: 9781558496880

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