AAST 265: The Harlem Renaissance

several people playing instruments around a piano

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.