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Essays on Race and Empire

by Nancy Cunard
edited by Maureen Moynagh

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african american, african american studies
list price: $26.50
published: 2002
publisher: Broadview Press

This edition assembles the major essays on race and imperialism written by Nancy Cunard in the 1930s and 1940s. As a British expatriate living in France, and as a politically-engaged poet, editor, publisher, and journalist, Nancy Cunard devoted much of her energy to the cause of racial justice.

This Broadview edition contextualizes Cunard’s writings on race in terms of the relations among modernism, gender, and empire. It includes a range of contemporaneous documents that place her essays in dialogue with other European writers and with the work of writers of the African diaspora.

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Contributor notes

Maureen Moynagh is an Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish.

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Editorial Review

“This is a timely and much-needed edition.” — Jane Marcus, CUNY Graduate Center and the City College of New York

“Assembling Cunard’s key political writings on race and imperialism, and graced with a well-informed critical introduction, this beautifully conceived anthology also facilitates discussion of the complex intersections of gender with other issues and forms of identification in modernism. The appendices set Cunard’s texts into their original relation with contemporary modernist debates. An invaluable resource.” — Bonnie Kime Scott, San Diego State University

“This wonderful selection of Cunard’s work gives us new insight into the race politics of the twentieth century and the modernist project. Moynagh’s excellent introduction situates Cunard’s writings and identifications in fascinating and illuminating ways. This is a terrific collection.” — Laura Marcus, University of Sussex

“Moynagh’s insightful, inclusive, yet theoretically specific introduction to this collection of Cunard’s essays, complemented by a cogent selection of appendices, provide the relevant cultural and historical grounds to understand Cunard and the implications her work holds for current scholarship. Reading Cunard’s essays through Moynagh’s carefully crafted context makes possible further revisionist readings of modernism by situating Nancy Cunard and her writing on race and empire in a way that advances understanding of the interdependent relationship between radical politics, gender, race and modernism.” — Holly McSpadden, Missouri Southern State University, in English Studies in Canada

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