ENGL471 - African-American Literature: 1910-1945

Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

Emergence of modernism in African-American writing including debates over the definition of unique African-American aesthetics, with emphasis on conditions surrounding the production of African-American literatures.

In this course we will examine major debates and central literary texts, art, and film of the Harlem Renaissance, a period during which many believed that control by Black Americans of their representations in the cultural sphere would counter negative stereotypes and lead to greater representation as citizens in the political, economic, and social spheres. The central concern  will be the relationship between race and representation and the experiments writers and artists undertook to promote the idea of the “New Negro.”


Two English courses in literature, ENGL301, or permission of ARHU-English department.