English 100

Junior Seminar: Langston Hughes

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
16 Fall 2006 Wagner, Bryan
Wagner, Bryan
TTh 2-3:30 221 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Langston Hughes: The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes ; Wallace Thurman, ed.: Fire!! A Quarterly Dedicated to the Younger Negro Artists; Langston Hughes: The Big Sea:An Autobiography; Isaac Julien, Dir.: Looking for Langston. There will also be a course reader with critical and biographical materials.


This course offers the opportunity to spend an entire semester reading Langston Hughes, one of the most prolific and consistently exciting black writers of the twentieth century. Our focus will be on the poetry, and especially on its relation to its vernacular precedents, but we will also read at least one of Hughes�s autobiographies, some of his short fiction and journalism, as well as his writing for children. Hughes�s career is a convenient index to black literary history, and we will take the time to consider carefully its relation to the New Negro Renaissance, the Popular Front, and the Black Arts Movement in addition to Hughes�s important contributions as curator and anthologist.

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