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«The Romare Bearden Reader» is an anthology of writings by and about the artist by authors like Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Albert Murray, Calvin Tomkins, John Edgar Wideman, August Wilson and a dozen others. «The Romare Bearden Reader» was edited by Columbia University professor Robert G. O'Meally. "Conjure Women" runs to 5,474 words.
My subject today is Aaron Douglas and music—the flat plane and the jagged edge. I will survey Douglas's theorization of the relationship between music and visual art, and explore how it plays out in his use of concentric circles to structure his compositions. Zooming in, I will consider Douglas's aesthetic of smooth flatness and jagged texturation...
Not only does Ralph Ellison's writing reflect his background as a musician who played European classics and Southwestern blues-based jazz, and whose fiction reflect the aesthetics of these worlds, but also his work reveals a vital connection to religion. It is O'Meally's contention that Ellison viewed the Negro spiritual and sermon, with their freq...
Callaloo 21.4 (1998) 822-835 Sterling A. Brown is a distinguished writer whose poems, short stories, reviews, and scholarly works have appeared for nearly more than fifty years. His poetry reflects the innovative impulse of contemporary verse as well as the toughness, humor, and protest of black American folklore. His reportorial narratives and ske...
Callaloo 21.4 (1998) 1013-1022 --Robert Frost --Toni Morrison --Blues lyric A realist not only by artistic and critical persuasion, but by temperament, Sterling A. Brown has shown concern throughout his career with poetry as an art of communication -- not just among airy Muses and free spirits, but among real people in this world, actual writers an...
As Nathan Huggins once stated, altering American history to account fully for the nation's black voices would change the tone and meaning-the frame and the substance-of the entire story. Rather than a sort of Pilgrim's Progress tale of bold ascent and triumph, American history with the black parts told in full would be transmuted into an existentia...
For a general overview, visit http://kevinabrown.com/essays/ to learn more about articles, essays, interviews and reviews Kevin Brown has published since 1980. Kevin Brown has published short-form reviews and long-form essay-reviews of recent full-length books, especially those published by small literary and university presses. Reviews of a single title range from 250 to 1,000 words. Essay-reviews ranging from 1,500 to 7,500 words contemplate 2 to 5 books, providing readers with a sense of the merits and focus of each title as well as putting those books in conversation with each other, their subject, and/or some aspect of contemporary writing or culture. Each fall and spring, Kevin Brown scours publishers' catalogs and trade publications, looking to review and make accessible to a wider audience books with literary merit that might otherwise be overlooked. Kevin Brown has contributed to dozens of daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly publications, including Afterimage, American Book Review, Asymptote, The Brooklyn Rail, The Chattahoochee Review, The Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, eXchanges, Fiction International, Georgia Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Kansas City Star, Kirkus, Mayday, Metamorphoses, The Nation, New York Newsday, The Oakland Tribune, Ozone Park, Pustlebume, The Threepenny Review, London Times Literary Supplement, Two Lines, Washington Post Bookworld, among others.