"A Shade Too Unreserved": Destabilizing Sexuality and Gender Constructs of the New Negro Identity in Harlem Renaissance Literature
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Maik Nwosu, Ph.D.
Harlem renaissance, Intersectionality, Nella Larsen, New negro, Wallace Thurman, Zora Neale Hurston
Much of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement was directly intertwined with the New Negro social movement of the time. Race leaders spoke to and influenced artistic trends, while artists often engaged with the New Negro race issues and social debates through their works. Wallace Thurman, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston used their own fictional works to explore the New Negro construct being promoted. In examining the constructed nature of this New Negro identity, these artists strove to destabilize the social "norms" upon which the identity was based. As they thematically and stylistically explored such social constructs through their fiction, Thurman, Larsen, and Hurston simultaneously gave voice to those perspectives unrepresented within such restrictive constructs. This project examines these authors' subversion of such social constructs through the frameworks of intersectionality and contextual dialogue.
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Chase, Renee E., ""A Shade Too Unreserved": Destabilizing Sexuality and Gender Constructs of the New Negro Identity in Harlem Renaissance Literature" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 121.
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Renee E. Chase
American literature, African American studies