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hard traditional structures of the Harlem Renaissance and American modernism, Daylanne English hyperlinks writers from either routine to debates approximately eugenics within the innovative period. She argues that, within the Twenties, the shape and content material of writings through figures as disparate as W. E. B. Du Bois, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen have been formed by means of anxieties concerning immigration, migration, and intraracial breeding.
English's interdisciplinary method brings jointly the paintings of these canonical writers with quite overlooked literary, social clinical, and visible texts. She examines antilynching performs through Angelina Weld Grimke in addition to the provocative writings of white girl eugenics box staff. English additionally analyzes the Crisis journal as a kin album filtering uplift via eugenics via 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 yankee current: simply because eugenics used to be, in its time, largely approved as an inexpensive, innovative ideology, we have to give some thought to the long term implications of up to date genetic engineering, fertility enhancement and keep an eye on, and laws selling or discouraging kin growth.

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