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    Vassar College
   
 
  Oct 23, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ENGL 227 - The Harlem Renaissance and its Precursors

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as AFRS 227 ) This course places the Harlem Renaissance in literary historical perspective as it seeks to answer the following questions: In what ways was “The New Negro” new? How did African American writers of the Harlem Renaissance rework earlier literary forms from the sorrow songs to the sermon and the slave narrative? How do the debates that raged during this period over the contours of a black aesthetic trace their origins to the concerns that attended the entry of African Americans into the literary public sphere in the eighteenth century? Eve Dunbar.

Two 75-minute periods.



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