English | Recent Writing
L381 | 9654 | Crawford


L381 9654 CRAWFORD
Recent Writing

1:25p-2:15p MWF (30) 3 cr.

TOPIC:  THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT

We will compare and contrast the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and
30s and the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 70s.  The poetry,
drama, novels, and visual art of these two cultural movements have
striking similarities and significant differences.
In order to unveil the full scope of the similarities and
differences, the course will be organized around pairings of Harlem
Renaissance and Black Arts movement texts.
For example, Fire, a Harlem Renaissance journal, and Black Fire, a
Black Arts movement anthology, will be one pairing.  Our central
topics will include theories of the black aesthetic, black
nationalism, race and modernism, the commodification of culture, the
relation between protest and art, and the meaning of "Africa" in the
African American imagination.

This discussion course will include weekly informal responses, one
five page essay, a twelve page research paper, and a group
presentation.