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Adam D. McKible
CUNY Research Foundation, John Jay College (New York, NY 10019-1007)
Jim Crow Modernism, The Saturday Evening Post, and the Harlem Renaissance

Writing and revision to finalize the manuscript of a book examining how some Harlem Renaissance artists challenged the racial discourse circulating in a major mass market periodical.  

“Jim Crow Modernism, The Saturday Evening Post, and the Harlem Renaissance” makes three interrelated claims. First, I argue that early twentieth century American modernism is best understood as “Jim Crow modernism.” Second, I pursue this argument by focusing on George Horace Lorimer’s editorship of The Saturday Evening Post and his long running practice of publishing black dialect stories written by white authors in order to describe the politics and practices of stereotyping that occupied a central position in American print culture. Third, I argue that we can better understand the achievements of African American authors of the Harlem Renaissance by reading their work as being in dialogue and contestation with the Post’s white authors, and with Jim Crow modernism more broadly. Ultimately, my project provides a greater understanding of the constructions of blackness that dominated American print culture, and an enhanced contextualization of the literature of the Harlem Renaissance.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature; Media Studies

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Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022