Designed for advanced English speakers, this 10-week course examines the unprecedented surge in literary and artistic activity by African Americans during the 1920s and ‘30s known as the Harlem Renaissance. Topics to be explored include issues of racial and national identity, representations of gender and sexuality, and the enduring legacy of a movement that sought to capture and define African American culture. Authors will include W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston and Jean Toomer. Special attention will be given to the work of Langston Hughes, a central figure of the movement and lyricist of Kurt Weill’s “Broadway Opera” Street Scene, to be performed by the Teatro Real from May 26th – June 1st.
Language skills developed include:
Instructor: Karen Secrist, PhD