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The Harlem Renaissance: 1920s - 1930s


'The renaissance mainly involved a group of writers and intellectuals associated (often loosely) with Harlem, the district of Manhattan that, during the migration of African Americans from the rural South, became the major center for urbanized blacks.

The Harlem writers… engaged in an intense debate regarding the place of the African American in American life, and on the role and identity of the African-American artist” (1920s-Mid-1930s Harlem Renaissance).


We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:

Langston Hughes


Langston Hughes  

 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections

The American Academy of Poets:  Langston Hughes - biographical information, links to poems and audio files of Hughes reading some of his own works!

American Masters - The American Novel: The Harlem Renaissance - fantastic link to PBS.

Langston Hughes - interesting biographical information from America's Library.

"Harlem: A Dream Deferred" - read the poem that inspired the title of the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" -p. 926
  • Poem: "I, Too" -p. 928
  • Poem: "Dream Variations" -p. 930
  • Poem: "Refugee in America" -p. 931

Additional Resources:

  • Short Story: "Cora Unashamed" (handout). 

Even more writers to explore...


  

Arna Bontemps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections  

Arna Bontemps- interesting biographical information from the Academy of American Poets.

 

Modern American Poetry: Arna Bontemps - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources: 

  • Poem: "A Black Man Talks of Reaping" -p. 939

 


 

Countee Cullen

 

 

 Links to Connections

 Countee Cullen- interesting biographical information from the Academy of American Poets.

 

Modern American Poetry: Countee Cullen - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:.

  • Poem: "From the Dark Tower" -p. 938

 

 

 

Zora Neale Hurston

 Links to Connections 

Zora Neale Hurston - The Zora Neal Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress

Perspectives in American Literature: Zora Neale Hurston- a great research source from California State University

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Autobiography: "Dust Tracks on a Road" -p. 914

 


Claude McKay

 Links to Connections 

Modern American Poetry: Claude McKay - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

 

Claude McKay- from the Academy of American poets, biographical information and links to some of his works. 

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "The Tropics in New York" -p. 932

 


Jean Toomer

 Links to Connections 

 Modern American Poetry: Jean Toomer - from the Department of English at the University of Illinois, this site offers biographical information as well as links to selected works and analysis/criticism

 

Jean Toomer- from the Academy of American poets, biographical information

 

Perspectives in American Literature: Jean Toomer- a great research source from California State University

 

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "Storm Ending" -p. 940

 


Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Masters: The American Novel Literary Timeline- a great site from PBS, this link offers lots of information on the various movements, periods, novels and authors of American literature.

 

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.

Harlem History- great resource from Columbia University.

 


 

  Work Cited

 “1920s-Mid-1930s Harlem Renaissance.”   American Masters: The American Novel. 2007. Public Broadcasting Network. 20 June 2007 <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/ timeline/ harlemrenaissance.html >.