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The Resource Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes, Jonathan Scott

Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes, Jonathan Scott

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Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes
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Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes
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Jonathan Scott
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eng
Summary
"One of the foremost African American writers of his generation, Langston Hughes waged a tireless campaign against racial oppression that defied the anticommunist currents of cold war America. Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes examines his writing during this period to show that his approach to the main philosophical currents of the era was original, dynamic, and systematic in ways that most scholars have yet to appreciate. Jonathan Scott has written the first book-length study to analyze the extraordinary range of Hughes{u2019}s creative output, showing that his unassailable reputation as one of America{u2019}s finest 2folk poets3 barely scratches the surface of his oeuvre. Scott offers a robust account of the relations between Hughes and political activism to show that Hughes{u2019}s direct involvement with the U.S. socialist movement of the 1920s and 1930s was largely responsible for the variety of his writing. Scott also contends that the goal of overthrowing white oppression produced a 2socialist joy3 that would express itself repeatedly in Hughes{u2019}s work during the anticommunist crusades of the 1950s and 1960s. In his provocative study, Scott explores four areas of Hughes{u2019}s intellectual work: his relationship with Afro-Caribbean arts, Soviet Russia, and the Harlem Renaissance; his postwar newspaper writing for the African American press; his extensive cultural work as an anthologist; and his writings for young people. Through these analyses, Scott proposes the concept of 2red, white, and black3 as an alternative paradigm for appreciating Hughes in particular and the American scene in general. Scott views Hughes not simply as a great author but as an American working-class intellectual trickster whose eccentric projects require a redefinition of the very concept of authorship. By focusing on Hughes{u2019}s intellectual method, Scott also contests the notion of reducing all African Americans to one undifferentiated social status beneath that of any class within the white oppressing group{u2014}a hallmark of racial oppression that has diminished, in the U.S. academy, Hughes{u2019}s international status. As Scott persuasively argues, it is only through an understanding of Hughes{u2019}s literary method that we can undertake a thorough account of his prolific production during the cold war era. His book situates Hughes{u2019}s life and work in their proper contexts, both reconfirming Hughes{u2019}s reputation as an intellectual of the American Left and establishing his long-denied place in American studies as the most well-rounded writer of his time."--Publishers website
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1968-
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Scott, Jonathan
Dewey number
818/.5209
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3515.U274
LC item number
Z78 2006
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Hughes, Langston
  • Hughes, Langston
  • Socialism in literature
  • Socialism and literature
  • African Americans in literature
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Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes, Jonathan Scott
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Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Includes bibliography of the works of Langston Hughes: pages 227-244
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
70803401
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780826216779
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006024593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780826216779
Label
Socialist joy in the writing of Langston Hughes, Jonathan Scott
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Includes bibliography of the works of Langston Hughes: pages 227-244
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
70803401
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 248 pages
Isbn
9780826216779
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006024593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780826216779

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