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DuBois and Locke on Art Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Debateover Artistic Dr. CAfrican American Literature
  • 2. DuBois-Criteria of Negro Argument Fight for full-fleged American Citizenship Suggests a difference in perspective His definition of beauty infinite variety endless possibilities accessible to all world is full of beauty but many are choked away as a result, many live distorted lives
  • 3. DuBois & ArtCreativity is now loosed-Awakened from a deep sleepSuggests it may be Blackyouth who lead the waySuggests that young artistsmust remember the pastSuggests that there is a rich,romantic, disturbing pastfrom which one may draw
  • 4. DuBois, Cont...Judgement of art in the past:Changing times now...Art may be a way out of the“color problem”Warning about money ofphilanthropists: subtle,deadly bribesApostles of “good” art? -Truth and Goodness
  • 5. All Art is PropagandaShapes thinkingCan distort truth and justicePegged “American” when theworld recognizesachievements
  • 6. Alain Locke - The New NegroYounger generation - vibrant,new psychologyOld Negro is a mythGuilty of “Social Mimicry”America sees the Negro as moreof a formula than a humanAs a result, Negroes seethemselves as a social problemin a distorted perspective
  • 7. Locke’s New Negro, Cont...Shed the shame of the pastSpiritual emancipationNew self-respectDays of stereotypicaldepictions are gonePopulation shift from Southto North has:transformed the Negromidieval to modern
  • 8. Locke, cont...Harlem is a laboratoryThe man furthest down is mostactive getting upNegro is being studied to beunderstoodDanger of increasedpaternalizationSuggests the Negro just wants tobe known for what he is, faultsand all...Negro is a “forced radical”
  • 9. Reading for WednesdayCane by Jean ToomerRudolph Fisher forMonday...pgs are insyllabus