Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance (Paperback)

Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson Cover Image
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Of all the images to arise from the Harlem Renaissance, the most thought-provoking were those of the mulatta. For some writers, artists, and filmmakers, these images provided an alternative to the stereotypes of black womanhood and a challenge to the color line. For others, they represented key aspects of modernity and race coding central to the New Negro Movement. Due to the mulatta’s frequent ability to pass for white, she represented a variety of contradictory meanings that often transcended racial, class, and gender boundaries.

In this engaging narrative, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson uses the writings of Nella Larsen and Jessie Fauset as well as the work of artists like Archibald Motley and William H. Johnson to illuminate the centrality of the mulatta by examining a variety of competing arguments about race in the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.

Praise For…


This beautifully written book locates artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance squarely within Modernism and puts women at the center of this project . . . the scholarship is impeccable and the work as a whole is brilliantly organized.
— Maureen E. Honey


Product Details
ISBN: 9780813539775
ISBN-10: 0813539773
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 29th, 2007
Pages: 240
Language: English