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Anthems, Sonnets, and Chants
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Anthems, Sonnets, and Chants: Recovering the African American Poetry of the 1930s, by Jon Woodson, uses social philology to unveil social discourse, self fashioning, and debates in poems gathered from anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and individual collections. The first chapter examines three long poems, finding overarching jeremiadic discourse that inaugurated a militant, politically aware agent. Chapter two examines self-fashioning in the numerous sonnets that responded to the new media of radio, newsreels, movies, and photo-magazines. The third chapter shows how new subjectivities were generated by poetry addressed to the threat of race war in which the white race was exterminated. The black intellectuals who dominated the interpretative discourses of the 1930s fostered exteriority, while black culture as a whole plunged into interiority. Anthems, Sonnets, and Chants delineates the struggle between these inner and outer worlds, a study made difficult by a contemporary intellectual culture which recoils from a belief in a consistent, integrated self.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. The Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression: Three Long Poems
  2. pp. 15-68
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  1. 2. Existential Crisis: The Sonnet and Self-Fashioning in the Black Poetry of the 1930s
  2. pp. 69-141
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  1. 3. “Race War”: African American Poetry on the Italo-Ethiopian War
  2. pp. 142-189
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  1. A Concluding Note
  2. pp. 190-196
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  1. Appendix. Poems
  2. pp. 197-234
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-252
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 253-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-272
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