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FT-55703-08

Richard A. Courage
Westchester Community College (Valhalla, NY 10595-1693)

Charting the Territory: Writers of the Bronzeville Renaissance

This project involves archival research and writing a chapter in a co-authored (w. Robert Bone) book arguing the importance of South Side Chicago as a cultural milieu marked in the 1930s/40s by astonishingly creative ferment across the arts. This chapter will focus on the novels of William Attaway, Arna Bontemps, Willard Motley and Richard Wright and the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank Marshall Davis and Margaret Walker and follows completed chapters on musicians and visual artists and another on the institutional milieu that I am currently writing. The book as a whole, including four background chapters drafted by my co-author, intends to challenge the current fragmentary view of early twentieth-century African American cultural history and offer an alternative perspective stressing both continuity and contrast, in which both the Harlem Renaissance and Bronzeville Renaissance are seen as part of a larger movement unfolding in two phases as responses to the Great Migration.

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Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2008 – 7/31/2008