English 190

Research Seminar: Harlem Renaissance


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2017 Wagner, Bryan
MW 11-12:30 C57 Hearst Field Annex

Book List

Cullen, C.: Color; Hughes, L.: Fine Clothes to the Jew; Hurston, Z. N.: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Larsen, N.: Passing; McKay, C.: Harlem Shadows; Toomer, J.: Cane

Other Readings and Media

Other course materials will be made available in PDF format.

Description

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural and intellectual movement of black artists and writers in the 1920s. Centered in the Harlem neighborhood in Manhattan, the movement extended outward through international collaboration that reached all the way to Marseilles, Dakar, and Moscow. We will be reading works by writers including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, and Claude McKay as well as contemporary manifestos about the function of black art. Students will complete a long essay (20-25 pages) anticipated by several shorter assignments geared to stages in the writing process.

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