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Brown Beauty: Color, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Laila Haidarali


Between the Harlem Renaissance and the end of World War II, a discourse that privileged a representative ideal of brown beauty womanhood emerged as one expression of race, class, and women’s status in the modern nation. This discourse on brown beauty accrued great cultural currency across the interwar years as it appeared in diverse and multiple forms. Studying artwork and photography; commercial and consumer-oriented advertising; and literature, poetry, and sociological works, this book analyzes African American print culture with a central interest in women’s social history. It explores the ... More

Keywords: African American womanhood, New Negro, literature, consumption, urban, interwar years, print culture, New Negro, brown beauty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479875108
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laila Haidarali, author
University of Essex