“This choice of ten essays makes a persuasive case for a black Atlantic literary renaissance and its impression on modernist stories. The chapters stretch and problem present canonical configurations of modernism in methods: through contemplating the centrality of black artists, writers and intellectuals as key actors and center presences within the improvement of a modernist avant-garde; and through interrogating ‘blackness’ as a classy and political type at serious moments through the 20th century. this is often the 1st book-length booklet to discover the time period ‘Afromodernisms’ and the 1st learn to deal with jointly the cognate fields of modernism and the black Atlantic.”
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44 It triumphed primarily as dance music, for the immediate post-war years saw the rise of a big dance craze in France. Parisians wanted to dance, and frequently they wanted to dance to jazz. By the early 1920s a small colony of black American musicians had taken root in the city, attracted by lucrative contracts at a time when opportunities for musicians in the US were drying up, as well as the legend of colour-blind France the war had done so much to promote. For the most part they settled in Montmartre, south of the place Pigalle, adding a new exotic element to the legendary home of bohemia.
The spread of African American music, aided by new technologies like radio and film, seemed to happen almost instantaneously and without effort. In contrast, constructing a black diasporic political activism happened more slowly and, at least initially, without the same level of success or worldwide impact. Yet the two movements had more in common than was immediately apparent. Both responded to a broader vision of a globalisation, while at the same time contributing to that vision. Both played a role in giving the African American experience in particular significance beyond the boundaries of the United States.
Their victims usually fought back energetically, often aided by French women and men. indd 32 15/01/2013 13:51 Black Modernism and the Making of the Twentieth Century 33 outraged protests from black members of the French National Assembly. 49 In general, jazz seemed to belong to those who embraced the idea of a new world after the Great War, rather than those hoping to restore the old. Much has been written about the modernist embrace of jazz, how intellectuals and artists in a variety of fields drew inspiration from it during the years Americans called the Jazz Age.
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