AAST 265:
The Harlem Renaissance


Course Description

Although identified as an African American literary movement subscribing to an American view of race and ‘race relations,’ recent scholarship has increasingly sought to place the Harlem Renaissance within the ambit of transnational and Afro-Diasporic literary production of the 1920s and 1930s. This course pursues this interpretive vein by critically examining selected works of African American literature, history, and criticism from the Harlem Renaissance focusing on their attempts to engage and reimagine notions of race, nation, and community. 

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Harlem Renaissance postcards
Ainsworth Clarke
Assistant Professor of African American Studies & English

Contact Info

Office: 1205 UH
Email: ac57@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"I think it is great and la la la la la la la la la" --​​Ainsworth Clarke

Course Information

3 hours. Same as ENGL 265. Previously listed as AAST 350. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100; and Grade of C or better in AAST 110 or Grade of C or better in AAST 111; or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240 and Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.

Requirements Met

U.S. Society course 
Past Society course


Cultural Production & Analysis

When is it Offered?

Fall Semester