English 100

Junior Seminar: The Harlem Renaissance


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2007 Hejinian, Lyn
Hejinian, Lyn
MW 12-1:30 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Cullen, C., ed.: Caroling Dusk; DuBois, W.E.B.: The Souls of Black Folk; Hughes, L.: The Langston Hughes Reader; Hughes, L.: The Big Sea; Hurston, Z.: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Johnson, J.: Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Larsen, N.: Passing; Lewis, D., ed: The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader; Locke, A., ed.: The New Negro; McKay, C.: Home to Harlem; Toomer, J.: Cane. In addition to these texts, a required reader will be available at Copy Central on Bancroft.

Description

This seminar will examine significant works of the extraordinary cultural unfolding that has come to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Though we will concentrate on literary works, we will also examine some of the music and visual works from the period. As we attempt to understand the broader implications and contexts of this key moment in American cultural history, we will also consider its long trajectory and its lasting influence on American artistic invention. Topics for discussion will include questions pertaining to aesthetic identity (and aesthetic anxiety); race and nation; cultural forms, formations, and deformations; artistic thought and double-consciousness.

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