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Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution of a Literary Tradition, 1877–1915

Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution of a Literary Tradition, 1877–1915 Boole Reviews 53 aspect of theomusicology. In the twenty years of the PCA's existence, theomusicology has been present in spirit, if not in fact. Bruce, Dickson D., Jr. Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution ol a Literary Tradition, 1877-1915. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, Dickson Bruce examines responses to racism in late nineteenth­ and early twentieth-century black poetry and fiction-literature of "the Nadir," so denoted by historian Rayford Logan because it was the most deleterious and blighted of times ( r ). In addition to Jim Crow legislation and lynching-aspects of the Nadir that threatened all black southerners-the more personal struggle of black Nadirian writers, says Bruce, was in their negotiating the tension between their middle-class mien and the unrelenting racial repression : Perhaps the most crucial force in black writing during this period was the interaction of racism and the writers' middle-class char­ acter. The interaction provided the chief dynamic in black litera­ ture in the post-Reconstruction era. It was the major source of tensions and ambiguities in that literature. Black writers pro­ duced works showing an awareness that, despite their own ideals and achievements, they had to confront increasingly rigid barriers to their participation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution of a Literary Tradition, 1877–1915

Black Sacred Music , Volume 4 (2) – Sep 1, 1990

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Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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10.1215/10439455-4.2.53
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Boole Reviews 53 aspect of theomusicology. In the twenty years of the PCA's existence, theomusicology has been present in spirit, if not in fact. Bruce, Dickson D., Jr. Black American Writing from the Nadir: The Evolution ol a Literary Tradition, 1877-1915. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, Dickson Bruce examines responses to racism in late nineteenth­ and early twentieth-century black poetry and fiction-literature of "the Nadir," so denoted by historian Rayford Logan because it was the most deleterious and blighted of times ( r ). In addition to Jim Crow legislation and lynching-aspects of the Nadir that threatened all black southerners-the more personal struggle of black Nadirian writers, says Bruce, was in their negotiating the tension between their middle-class mien and the unrelenting racial repression : Perhaps the most crucial force in black writing during this period was the interaction of racism and the writers' middle-class char­ acter. The interaction provided the chief dynamic in black litera­ ture in the post-Reconstruction era. It was the major source of tensions and ambiguities in that literature. Black writers pro­ duced works showing an awareness that, despite their own ideals and achievements, they had to confront increasingly rigid barriers to their participation

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1990

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