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Literature and Culture of the Chicago Renaissance

1st Edition

Edited by Yoshinobu Hakutani


344 pages

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The Chicago Renaissance has long been considered a less important literary movement for American modernism than the Harlem Renaissance. The Chicago Renaissance had its origin around the turn of the nineteenth century, from 1890 to 1910, gathered momentum in the 30s, and paved the way for the postmodern and postcolonial development in American literature even since. Yoshinobu Hakutani aims to shed light on this seldom studied, yet pivotal period, by studying some of it's most influential works and authors, from Theodore Dreiser in the late 1800's to Richard Wright through the mid 1900's.

Table of Contents


Part I: Interactions of African and European American Writers

Chapter 1: "The Chicago Renaissance, Dreiser, and Wright’s Spatial Narrative" -- Yoshinobu Hakutani

Chapter 2: "Chicago as Metaphor in the Writings of Dreiser and Wright: Tracing the Literary Lineage" -- Mary Hricko

Chapter 3: "Dreiser’s ‘Nigger Jeff,’ Wright’s ‘Big Boy Leaves Home,’ and Lynching" -- Michael Sanders

Chapter 4: "Chicago in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, James Farrell’s Studs Lonigan, and Wright’s Native Son" -- Robert Butler

Part II: African American Writers and Race Issues

Chapter 5: "The Federal Writers’ Project in Chicago and Its Impact on the Second Chicago Renaissance" -- Mary Hricko

Chapter 6: "Wright’s The Long Dream as Racial and Sexual Discourse" -- Yoshinobu Hakutani

Chapter 7: "Frank Marshall Davis of Chicago and the Young Barack Obama of Hawaii" -- Toru Kiuchi

Chapter 8: "Landscapes of the Imagination: Clarence Major, Leon Forest, and the Black Chicago Renaissance" -- Keith Byerman

Chapter 9: "The Intuitionist and The Underground Railroad: Colson Whitehead’s Coping with Race Issues" -- Preston Park Cooper

Part III: Transnational and Crosscultural Visions in African American Postmodernism

Chapter 10: "The Western and Eastern Thoughts of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man" -- Yoshinobu Hakutani

Chapter 11: "Wright and Transnationalism: A Reading of Pagan Spain" -- Mamoun F. Alzoubi

Chapter 12: "Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo: A Reading through Confucianism" -- Yupei Zhou

Chapter 13: "Ishmael Reed’s Japanese By Spring: A Satire on the Western View of Japanese Culture"-- Toru Kiuchi

Chapter 14: "‘All Narratives Are Lies, Man, an Illusion’: Buddhism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism in Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage and Dreamer" -- Preston Park Cooper

Chapter 15: "African Legacy and Chicago Politics in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father" -- Babacar M’Baye


About the Editor

Yoshinobu Hakutani teaches in the English department at Kent State University in Ohio, where he is also a University Distinguished Scholar.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Regional
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century