From fetish to subject: race, modernism, and primitivism, 1919-1935

Sweeny, C.A. (2004) From fetish to subject: race, modernism, and primitivism, 1919-1935, Westport, USA, Greenwood, 172pp.


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Was modern primitivism complicit with the ideologies of colonialism, or was it a multivalent encounter with difference? Examining race and modernism through a wider and more historically contextualized study, Sweeney brings together a variety of published and new scholarship to expand the discussion on the links between modernism and primitivism. Tracing the path from Dada and Surrealism to Josephine Baker and Nancy Cunard's Negro: An Anthology, she shows the development of negrophilie from the interest in black cultural forms in the early 1920s to a more serious engagement with difference and representations in the 1930s. Considering modernism, race, and colonialism simultaneously, this work breaks from traditional boundaries of disciplines or geographic areas.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0275977471 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
D History General and Old World > DC France
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 12335
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Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:24

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