The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s by James Edward Smethurst
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.
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Smethurst explores the Black Arts Movement, the “cultural wing” of the Black Power Movement, in which black artists and intellectuals negotiated the political and cultural moment of the Cold War, civil rights, decolonization, the Beats, the New York School, the California Renaissance, and the Black Mountain School.