12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Innovation Hall 207
Section Information for Spring 2021
This course will cover fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, and criticism by and about African American authors from 1903 to the middle of the twentieth century. The class will investigate several thematic, formal, ideological, critical, and theoretical issues, including the formation of a distinctive post-reconstruction African-American subjectivity, the manifestations and implications of Du Boisean “double consciousness,” questions related to the politics of representing the “New Negro,” gender/sexuality, and red-letter extra-textual cultural/political events. Moreover, we will examine prominent literary and cultural movements such as the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s; black naturalism, realism, and proletarian literature of the 1930s and 1940s; and the emergence of a distinctly black modernist aesthetic/sensibility grounded in black expressive/vernacular forms such as folklore and the blues. Writers to be studied include Angelina Grimke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Ann Petry, and Richard Wright.