Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The Harlem Renaissance was a vital and important movement in the early part of the 20th century. From about 1915 to about 1935 it saw the start of the modern civil rights movement that struggled for African-American equality in this country. Its importance is historical, literary, artistic, and musical.
This seminar is interdisciplinary in nature. We will read two seminal and divergent texts offering two different approaches to Black equality, Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and W.E.B. DuBois's The Souls of Black Folks. We will consider works of literature, the visual arts, film, and jazz, the undeniably significant contribution of African Americans to world culture in the 20th century. All will be considered in their cultural and historical contexts.
A Harlem Renaissance Reader
W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folks
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road
Nella Larsen, Passing
Jean Toomer, Cane
(and a couple more)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will prepare a scholarly or creative project intended for an academic conference or artistic exhibition. The project will be broken down into the following components: 1) preliminary project proposal with preliminary bibliography and possible venue (where your work will be given or displayed), 2) final project proposal with bibliography, 3) draft project, 4) final project. Each component will be worth 20% of the final seminar grade. There will also be a weekly short quiz, the top ten grades of which will be added and curved and worth 20%.