Faculty Mentors

Dr. Beauty Bragg


Through my book review of Houston A. Baker, Jr.’s Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, I examine how well Baker ingeniously transforms the question defining Harlem Renaissance scholarship from “Why did the Harlem Renaissance fail?” to “How did the Harlem Renaissance marshal black aesthetic tradition to develop a form of modernism for the New Negro?” Baker’s bold refusal to limit scholarship to the question being asked engages current readers in a previously unreachable aspect of this momentous movement.



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