Selected Authors: The Harlem Renaissance

        W.E.B. du Bois                                                                        Charles Chestnutt

Week 1:
(September 1-September 4)/Pre-Harlem Renaissance (Late 19th century):Readings: In Week 1’s folder, you MUST first read the class notes. If you do not, you will be lost. These notes are to help you get a sense of what was happening historically, politically, and artistically in the late 19th century—the years just prior to the Harlem Renaissance.  Then, read Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Exposition Speech” [Online Handout/Link]. Then, read W. E. B. Du Bois’ “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington” [Online Handout/Link] (This is Du Bois’ response to Washington’s ideas about racial uplift for African Americans during Southern Reconstruction and afterwards). Read Charles Chesnutt’s “The Goophered Grapevine” [Online Handout/Link]. Read Pauline E. Hopkin’s “Talma Gordon” [Online Handout/Link]. 

Week 2:
(September 5-September 11)/Poetry: James Weldon Johnson and Georgia Douglas Johnson:
Readings: Read the Introduction to Double-Take, p. 19- Top of page 25. Read in Double-Take W. E. B. Du Bois’ "Criteria for Negro Art,” Alain Locke’s “Art or Propaganda?,” [Online Handout/Link] and Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.” Read the online handout/link “The Mastery of Form” and “The Deformation of Mastery” and the excerpt from Houston Baker’s Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance [Online Handouts/Links]. In Double-Take, read all of the poems by James Weldon Johnson and Georgia Douglass Johnson. 

Week 3: 

(September 12-September 18)/Poetry: Angelina Weld Grimké, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Anne Spencer and John F. Matheus:
Readings: Read the “Introduction” to Double-Take, p. 25-Top of page 37. Read in Double-Take, all of the poems by Angelina Weld Grimké, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and read Anne Spencer’s poems “White Things,” “Lady, Lady,” and “Grapes: Still-Life.” Finally, in Double-Take, read all of John F. Matheus’ poems, his poem “Bell Mamselle of Martinique,” and in Double-Take, his short story “Fog.”

Week 4: 
(September 19-September 25) Alain Locke’s “The New Negro” and James Weldon Johnson’s "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man:

Readings: Read the “Introduction to Double-Take, pp. 37-39. Read Alain Locke’s “The New Negro” [Online Handout/Link]. Read James Weldon Johnson’s “Preface to the Book of American Negro Poetry” [Online Handout/Link], and read James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Parts I-6. 

Week 5:
(September 26-October 2 /Johnson, Ex-Colored Man, Continued:
Readings: Read James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Parts 7-11.