The Making of the New Negro
Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance
Distributed for Amsterdam University Press
The Making of the New Negro examines black masculinity in the period of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that spanned the 1920s and 1930s in America and was marked by an outpouring of African American art, music, theater and literature. The Harlem Renaissance, or New Negro Movement, began attracting extensive academic attention in the 1990s as scholars discovered how complex, significant, and fascinating it was.
“The Making of the New Negro breaks completely new ground in our understanding of the male writers and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. Conceptually rich and theoretically sophisticated this is a powerful and compelling portrait of the racialized politics of masculinity and non-normative sexualities of the New Negro. Anna Pochmara has written an utterly persuasive and very important book.”