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Some of These DaysBlack Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture$
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James Donald

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.001.0001

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New Negro

New Negro

Paul Robeson’s Formation in Harlem

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(p.29) 1 New Negro
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Some of These Days
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James Donald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0002

This chapter provides the context in which to understand Paul Robeson’s reception in Europe as both “American” and “black,” showing how the interaction between the two terms defined his intellectual, artistic, and professional formation in the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. It traces Robeson’s self-invention as a performer, a singer, an actor, and an exemplary “race man,” and it uses Oscar Micheaux’s treatment of Robeson in the 1925 film Body and Soul to show how his participation in controversial shows like Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones (1925) and Jerome Kern’s musical Show Boat (1927) led to a degree of ambivalence among Harlem audiences. Also discussed are the intellectual and political determinants of the Harlem Renaissance; key figures such as Alain Locke, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Carl Van Vechten; the movement’s interracial dynamics and internationalism; Robeson’s preference for concert recitals of spirituals and folk songs and his skepticism about jazz.

Keywords:   Paul Robeson, Alain Locke, Carl Van Vechten, New Negro, Harlem Renaissance, The Emperor Jones, Body and Soul, spirituals

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