Looking for Harlem: The absent Narrator in Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes' The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)

Blinder, Caroline. 2018. Looking for Harlem: The absent Narrator in Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes' The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955). CoSMo - Comparative Studies in Modernism(13), ISSN 2281-6658 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

An examination of The Sweet Flypaper of Life from 1955, Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava’s much neglected photo-textual collaboration, this article looks at Roy Decarava’s photographic studies of Black neighborhoods in the 1940s and Langston Hughes’ accompanying text; a meandering memoir narrated solely from the perspective of an elderly African American woman. The article argues that the book positions itself in a non-man’s land – literally and at times photographically - in order to to render homage to the resilience and beauty of an African/American neighborhood in the face of economic adversity.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.13135/2281-6658/3101

Keywords:

Langston Hughes, Roy DeCarava, Harlem, Photography and literature

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
December 2018Published Online
2 October 2018Accepted

Item ID:

27260

Date Deposited:

21 Oct 2019 13:14

Last Modified:

19 Sep 2020 06:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27260

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