Irish Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance: Ethnography and Transatlantic Literary Culture

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: School of English Literature,Language an


My research asks how the literature of Irish modernism and the Harlem Renaissance was shaped by the emergence of an ethnographic consciousness. It bridges a gap in scholarship by exploring how ethnography provided writers operating within Irish and black nationalist frameworks a means of situating their work in relation to (and in resistance to) Euro-American modernism. It considers how anthropology as a modernist discipline enabled processes of engagement, recovery and reinterpretation that placed folklore and language centre stage, and generated new models of expression and a radical political aesthetic that pushed against longstanding histories of oppression.


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