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Aphrodite's daughters : three modernist poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Title
Aphrodite's daughters : three modernist poets of the Harlem Renaissance / Maureen Honey.
Author
Honey, Maureen, 1945-
Publication
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]

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Description
xvi, 269 pages : illustrations; 23 cm
Summary
"Aphrodite's Daughters brings to dramatic life three lyrical poets of the Harlem Renaissance whose work was among the earliest to display erotic passion as a source of empowerment for women. Angelina Weld Grimké, Gwendolyn B. Bennett, and Mae V. Cowdery are framed as bold pioneers whose verse opened new frontiers into women's sexuality at the dawn of a new century. Honey describes Grimké construction of a Sapphic deity inspiring acolytes to express forbidden same-sex desire while she outlines Bennett's exploration of sexual pleasure and pain and Cowdery's frank depiction of bisexual erotics. Grimké, Bennett, and Cowdery, she argues, embraced the lyric "I" as an expression of their modernity as artists, women, and participants in the New Negro Movement by highlighting the female body as a primary source of meaning, strength and transcendence. Honey juxtaposes each poet's creative work against her life writing, personal archive, and appearances in the black press. These new source materials dramatically illuminate verse that has largely appeared without its biographical context or modernist roots. Honey's highly nuanced bio-critical portraits of this unique cadre of New Negro poets reveal the fascinating complexity of their private lives, and she creates absorbing narratives for all three as they experienced sexual awakening in lesbian, heterosexual, and bisexual contexts. The vivid interplay between intimate, racial and artistic currents in their lives makes Aphrodite's Daughters a compelling story of three courageous women who dared to be sexually alive New Negro artists paving the way toward our own era."--
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Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Call Number
Sc E 16-1391
ISBN
  • 9780813570792
  • 0813570794
  • 0813570786
  • 9780813570785
LCCN
2015037353
OCLC
927401068
Author
Honey, Maureen, 1945- author.
Title
Aphrodite's daughters : three modernist poets of the Harlem Renaissance / Maureen Honey.
Publisher
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Form:
Electronic version: Honey, Maureen, 1945- Aphrodite's daughters. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2016 9780813570808 (OCoLC)954678702
Research Call Number
Sc E 16-1391
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