Modernism and the Urban Frontier in the Work of Dorothy West and Helene Johnson


The cousins Dorothy West and Helene Johnson were born to privilege in a family that supported their artistic development and insisted they fully exercise their rights as Bostonians of color. This biocritical chapter locates West and Johnson in their cultural and geographic milieu, and examines the city in their writing as both a modernist trope and as an aspect of African American experience.

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A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance