Cover

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

However much its pages evoke the solitude experienced by many a modernist, I am well aware that this book would not exist had I truly been working . . .

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Introduction: Model Modernity

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pp. 1-25

If the narrative of comparative Ameri can modernity begins with wandering Italian men in the form of Christopher Columbus, it also begins with the character of . . .

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1. A Dying Exoticism: The Enigmatic Fiction of Suzanne Lacascade

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pp. 26-67

When Claire-Solange, âme africaine was published in 1924, the novel allegedly created such a stir that its author, Guadeloupean writer Suzanne Lacascade, was forced to . . .

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2. The Limits of Exemplarity: Marita Bonner’s Alternative Modernist Landscapes

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pp. 68-106

As detailed as Suzanne Lacascade’s is vague, the biography of Marita Bonner (1899–1971) reads as a virtual primer of New Negro success. Her personal history positions . . .

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3. Surrealist Dreams, Martinican Realities: The Negritude of Suzanne Césaire

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pp. 107-140

The year after Marita Bonner receded from public life, Martinican writer Suzanne Césaire (1915–66) took up the cause of cultural revolution in the 1942 essay . . .

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4. Black Modernism in Retrospect: Dorothy West’s New (Negro) Women

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pp. 141-175

The Living Is Easy (1948), the first novel by African American writer Dorothy West (1907–98), seems an unlikely successor to the militant, controlled prose of Suzanne . . .

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Conclusion: Atypical Women Revisited

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pp. 176-198

As I began my examination of comparative black modernism with the inclusion of atypical women Miranda, Défilée, and Anna Julia Cooper, so I will conclude . . .

Notes

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pp. 199-229

Bibliography

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pp. 231-245

Index

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pp. 247-259