By Daylanne K. English
Tough traditional structures of the Harlem Renaissance and American modernism, Daylanne English hyperlinks writers from either events to debates approximately eugenics within the revolutionary period. She argues that, within the Twenties, the shape and content material of writings by means of figures as disparate as W. E. B. Du Bois, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen have been formed by way of anxieties relating to immigration, migration, and intraracial breeding.
English's interdisciplinary method brings jointly the paintings of these canonical writers with particularly ignored literary, social clinical, and visible texts. She examines antilynching performs through Angelina Weld Grimke in addition to the provocative writings of white woman eugenics box employees. English additionally analyzes the Crisis journal as a relations album filtering uplift via eugenics by way of photographic documentation of an ever-improving black race.
English means that present scholarship frequently misreads early-twentieth-century visible, literary, and political tradition by way of using modern social and ethical criteria to the prior. Du Bois, she argues, used to be truly extra of a eugenicist than Eliot. via such reconfiguration of the trendy interval, English creates an allegory for the yank current: simply because eugenics used to be, in its time, extensively accredited as an affordable, innovative ideology, we have to reflect on the long term implications of latest genetic engineering, fertility enhancement and regulate, and laws selling or discouraging family members growth.
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