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Brown BeautyColor, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II$
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Laila Haidarali

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479875108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.001.0001

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Brown Beauty

Laila Haidarali

NYU Press

This book interrogates the multiple meanings of brown as reference to physical complexion in the representation of African American womanhood during the interwar years. It questions how and why color in general and brownness in particular came to intimate race, class, gender, and sex identity as one prominent response to modernity and urbanization. This book shows that throughout the interwar years, diverse sets of African American women and men, all of whom can be defined as middle class within this constituency’s widely varying class membership, privileged brown complexions in their reworking of ideas, images, and expressions to identify the representative bodies of women as modern New Negro women.

Keywords:   modernity, urbanization, interwar years, New Negro, African American womanhood, class, race, gender, middle class

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