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Some of these days : black stars, jazz aesthetics, and modernist culture / James Donald.

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Beaufort - Bluffton Branch 974.712 DON (Text) 0530005661641 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780199354016
  • Physical Description: 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-268) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: A Migration of Stars -- Chapter 1: New Negro: Paul Robeson's Formation in Harlem -- Chapter 2 Between the Jungle and the Skyscraper: Josephine Baker in Paris and Berlin -- Chapter 3 Ballet mécanique: Jazz Aesthetics and Modernist Film -- Chapter 4: Jazz in Stone and Steel: Josephine Baker and Modern Architecture -- Chapter 5: Borderlines: Race, Cosmopolitanism and the Modern Uncanny-- Chapter 6: Down the River of Dreams: Songs of Exile and Nostalgia -- Chapter 7: Here I Stand: Performing Politics -- Coda: Nick's Bar, New York City.
Summary, etc.:
'Some of These Days' proffers a compelling cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance's vast influence abroad, with a dual focus on the world's first two major African American stars: Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson. But Donald's book extends beyond pure dual biography to recreate the rich community of actors, architects, poets, directors, and musicians who interacted with--and were influenced by--each other. James Donald highlights how the sense of excitement and artistic renewal ushered in with the "New Negro Movement" reverberated far beyond Harlem to cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. Throughout his chronicle, Donald underscores the relationship of African American aesthetics to the modernist movement that flourished from the 1920s until the end of World War II. Vivid portraits of eccentric and popular artists like the T. S. Eliot, HD, Andre Gide, Carl Van Vechten, Marlene Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg, Jean Gabin, and Adolf Loos, among others, animate the sweeping narrative. Traversing countries and artforms, 'Some of these days' illustrates the immense cross-cultural collaboration of film, song, dance, and literature that coalesced to create modernist culture--where the new rhythms of the machine age were gleefully embraced, allowing art to consider the new possibilities of cosmopolitanism in a modern world.
Subject: African Americans in the performing arts.
African Americans > Intellectual life > 20th century.
American literature > African American authors > History and criticism.
Harlem Renaissance > Influence.
African Americans > Music > Influence.
African American theater > History > 20th century.
Modernism (Aesthetics) > United States > Influence.

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