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The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution

Steven Lee


During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination and advance progressive art. Making what Claude McKay called “the magic pilgrimage” to the Soviet Union, these intellectuals placed themselves at the forefront of modernism, using radical cultural and political experiments to reimagine identity and decenter the West. The Ethnic Avant-Garde draws on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an “ethnic ... More

Keywords: Avant-garde, Revolution, Internationalism, anticolonialism, Modernism, Ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231173520
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Lee, author
University of California