Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses

358:376 Harlem Renaissance

01  TTH6    CAC   05410   OWENS   CI-201

How did writers “invent” Harlem as a space of possibility, creativity, and challenge? The Harlem Renaissance holds a privileged place in the American imagination. Emerging at a pivotal moment in U.S. history, the literature of Harlem raises questions about citizenship, community, and the very definition of art and politics. We will read works in the context of major historical events shaping the 1920 and 1930s, including the Great Migration and the resulting transformation of the urban landscape. We will read variety of genres, including poetry, novels, short stories and essays. In addition, the course will cover key critical debates in Harlem Renaissance studies, including questions of periodization, the transnational contours of the movement, and its relationship to American modernism.