Book examines impact of USSR on African-American writers


A new book by Kate A. Baldwin, assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, examines the influence of the Soviet Union on the work of four major African-American authors.p. “Beyond the Color Line and the Iron Curtain: Reading Encounters Between Black and Red, 1922-1963,” recently published by Duke University Press, explores how African-American intellectuals and writers Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, Claude McKay and Paul Robeson used their extensive travel experiences in the Soviet Union and their exposure to communism and radicalism to rethink the exclusionary practices that defined citizenship in the United States.p.

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