THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Harlem, black metropolis, exerted a magnetic pull for Americans of all races during the turbulent 1920s. An emerging artistic community became the nucleus for a black literary renaissance, as thousands of African Americans, many from the South, migrated to New York and other northern cities. This course will explore the essays, plays, poems, stories, and novels that were generated "up in Harlem." Attention will be paid to interconnections between these writers and their "downtown" counterparts, the Caribbean, and folkculture. We will listen to jazz, look at black modernist paintings and sculpture, and discuss the ways in which this artistic flowering led to later developments in American culture and society. Authors studied will include Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Jessie Fauset, Sterling Brown, and W.E.B. Du Bois.
The Department of English |
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences |
The University of Georgia