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In 1934, Nancy Cunard published Negro: An Anthology, which brought together more than two hundred contributions, serving as a plea for racial justice, an exposé of black oppression, and a hymn to black achievement and endurance. The anthology stands as a virtual ethnography of 1930s racial, historic, artistic, political, and economic culture. Samuel Beckett, a close friend of the flamboyant and unconventional Cunard, translated nineteen of the contributions for Negro, constituting Beckett's largest single prose publication. Beckett traditionally has been viewed as an apolitical postmodernist rather than as a willing and major participant in Negro's racial, political, and aesthetic agenda.

In Beckett in Black and Red, Friedman reevaluates Beckett's contribution to the project, reconciling the humanism of his life and work and valuing him as a man deeply engaged with the greatest public issues of his time. Cunard believed racial justice and equality could be achieved only through Communism, and thus "black" and "red" were inextricably linked in her vision. Beckett's contribution to Negro demonstrates his support for Cunard's interest in surrealism as well as her political causes, including international republicanism and anti-fascism. Only in recent years have Cunard's ideas begun to receive serious consideration.

Beckett in Black and Red radically revalues Cunard and reconceives Beckett. His work in Negro shows a commitment to cultural and individual equality and worth that Beckett consistently demonstrated throughout his life, both in personal relationships and in his writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xl
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  1. Foreword to Negro (1933)
  2. NANCY CUNARD
  3. pp. 1-3
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  1. "The Best Negro Jazz Orchestras"
  2. ROBERT GOFFIN
  3. pp. 4-10
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  1. "Armstrong"
  2. ERNST MOERMAN
  3. pp. 11-12
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  1. "Hot Jazz"
  2. ROBERT GOFFIN
  3. pp. 13-16
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  1. "Summary of the History of Hayti"
  2. JENNER BASTIEN
  3. pp. 17-26
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  1. "A Note on Haytian Culture"
  2. LUDOVIC MORIN LACOMBE
  3. pp. 27-28
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  1. "The King of Gonaives"
  2. JACQUES BOULENGER
  3. pp. 29-33
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  1. "The Child in Guadeloupe"
  2. E. FLAVIA-LEOPOLD
  3. pp. 34-40
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  1. "Black and White in Brazil"
  2. BENJAMIN PERET
  3. pp. 41-48
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  1. "Sambo without Tears"
  2. GEORGES SADOUL
  3. pp. 49-55
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  1. "Murderous Humanitarianism"
  2. the SURREALIST GROUP in Paris
  3. pp. 56-59
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  1. "Races and Nations"
  2. LEON PIERRE-QUINT
  3. pp. 60-68
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  1. "The Negress in the Brothel"
  2. RENE CREVEL
  3. pp. 69-73
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  1. "A Short Historical Survey of Madagascar"
  2. J.J. RABEARIVELO
  3. pp. 74-81
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  1. "The Ancient Bronzes of Black Africa"
  2. CHARLES RArrON
  3. pp. 82-89
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  1. "Essay on Styles in the Statuary of the Congo"
  2. HENRI LAVACHERY
  3. pp. 90-98
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  1. "Magic and Initiation among the Peoples of Ubanghi-Shari"
  2. B.P. FEUILLOLEY
  3. pp. 99-107
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  1. '''Primitive' Life and Mentality"
  2. RAYMOND MICHELET
  3. pp. 108-148
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  1. "A Negro Empire: Belgium"
  2. E.STIERS
  3. pp. 149-158
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  1. "French Imperialism at Work in Madagascar"
  2. GEORGES CITERNE and FRANCIS JOURDAIN
  3. pp. 159-161
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  1. APPENDIX 1 Negro: An Anthology (1934): Contents
  2. pp. 162-168
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  1. APPENDIX 2 Contributors to Negro Whose Work Beckett Translated
  2. pp. 169-172
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  1. APPENDIX 3 Extant French Originals of the Beckett Translations
  2. pp. 173-203
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 204-207
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813161624
Related ISBN
9780813121291
MARC Record
OCLC
900344984
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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