The Chicago Renaissance Criticism: Definitions And Growth - Essay

Marilyn J. Atlas (essay date 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Atlas, Marilyn J. “Harriet Monroe, Margaret Anderson, and the Spirit of the Chicago Renaissance.” Midwestern Miscellany 9 (1981): 43-53.

[In the following essay, Atlas studies the differing views of the Chicago Renaissance as expressed via the works and periodicals launched by Margaret Anderson and Harriet Monroe, pointing out that although the women had extremely different points of view, their diversity reflects the complex nature of the renaissance itself and is key to understanding that phenomenon.]

Since the 1887 Haymarket riots which strongly influenced such radical women as Voltairine de Cleyre and Emma Goldman, Chicago has proven to be a place where...

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Sidney H. Bremer (essay date 1984)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bremer, Sidney H. “Willa Cather's Lost Chicago Sisters.” In Women Writers and the Essays in Feminist Literary Criticism, edited by Susan Merrill Squier, pp. 210-29. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1984.

[In the following essay, Bremer draws contrasts between women and male writers of the Chicago literary renaissance, noting that the novels written by women have been overlooked by critics but are no less worthy of attention.]

Most American literary critics can tick off some half-dozen novels from the first phase of the “Chicago literary renaissance”: Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie (1900) at the top of the lists, then The Jungle...

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Theodore O. Mason Jr. (essay date spring-fall 1996)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Mason, Theodore O., Jr. “‘Mapping’ Richard Wright: A Response to Deborah Barnes' ‘I'd Rather be a Lampost in Chicago’: Richard Wright and the Chicago Renaissance of African American Literature.” Langston Hughes Review 14, no. 1-2 (spring-fall 1996): 62-4.

[In the following essay, Mason offers an assessment of Wright's literary reputation, remarking on the confluence of contemporary influences on his work.]

In her essay on Richard Wright, Deborah Barnes' essay moves us happily, in the main, toward a reconsideration of African American literary and cultural history from the mid-twentieth century. One of the curiosities of that history is the fashion...

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Margaret B. Wilkerson (essay date 2001)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wilkerson, Margaret B. “Political Radicalism and Artistic Innovation in the Works of Lorraine Hansberry.” In African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader, edited by Harry J. Elam Jr. and David Krasner, pp. 40-55. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

[In the following essay, Wilkerson contends that the radical, political message of Hansberry's work was ignored by critics until the 1990s, when a re-assessment of her plays led scholars to recognize the compelling political message of Hansberry's work.]

Lorraine Hansberry was a visionary playwright whose belief in humankind's potential to overcome its own excesses of avarice,...

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