When Harlem Was in Vogue|
Spring 2020 not offered
This course will examine the aesthetics and politics of the first Modern African American cultural movement, known today as the Harlem Renaissance. In our readings of key literary texts by authors such as Alain Locke, Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, Eric Walrond, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, and Jean Toomer, we will discuss both the national and global contexts of so-called "New Negro Writing" and focus on debates surrounding representation, "respectability," and racial authenticity. During this course students will read canonical and popular literary works by early 20th-century African American authors in tandem with the vibrant body of literary criticism that emerged from this cultural moment in order to arrive at a richer understanding of how the early 20th-century African American canon was curated and proliferated. To this end, we will pay special attention to the role of anthologies and literary magazines (such as "The Crisis," "Opportunity," and "Fire!!") in collating an emergent modern African American literary tradition. At the end of this course, students will not only be familiar with the key authors and works of the Harlem Renaissance, but also with the central debates about the direction and uses of African American art.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Readings: David Levering Lewis, WHEN HARLEM WAS IN VOGUE Claude McKay, HOME TO HARLEM Alain Locke, THE NEW NEGRO: VOICES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, (Touchstone; Reprint edition ) Zora Neale Hurston, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD (Harper Collins) Jean Toomer, CANE (Liveright/Norton, Reissue 2011) Venetria K. Patton and Maureen Honey (eds), DOUBLE TAKE: A REVISIONIST HARLEM RENAISSANCE ANTHOLOGY Wallace Thurman, INFANTS OF THE SPRING (both Northeastern and Dover editions will be fine) Eric Walrond, TROPIC DEATH, (Liveright/Norton edition )
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two close-reading essays (5-7pp.); one syllabus-entry assignment (5pp), one annotated bibliography (8-10 pp) and one longer research paper(12-15pp.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirements and contributes to the American Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations of the English major.
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