Publisher description for The Black Arts Movement : literary nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s / James Edward Smethurst.
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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.
Taking a regional approach, Smethurst examines variations in the character of the local expressions of the nascent Black Arts Movement, a movement distinctive in its geographical reach and diversity, while always keeping the frame of the larger movement in view. The Black Arts Movement, he argues, fundamentally changed American attitudes about the relationship between popular culture and "high" art and dramatically transformed the landscape of public funding for the arts.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Black nationalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
African Americans in literature.
Black nationalism in literature.
Black Arts movement.