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ENGL.4010: Selected Authors: The Harlem Renaissance

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Harlem River, Harlem on Left, Bronx on Right Photo by Chester Higgins, 1946
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration      PD

Week 9:
Thurman, The Blacker the Berry, Continued:
Read Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry, pp. 51-100.

Week 10:
Wallace Thurman, The Blacker the Berry, Continued, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Gwendolyn Bennett


  • Wallace Thurman’s "The Blacker the Berry," pp. 101-146
  • Double-Take, Richard Bruce Nugent’s “Smoke, Lilies, and Jade.”
  • Gwendolyn Bennett’s “Wedding Day” and “Token.”

Week 11 
Racial Passing: Charles Chesnutt and Nella Larsen

  • Charles Chesnutt “The Wife of His Youth” [Online Handout/Link]
  • Nella Larsen "Passing", Part I.

Week 12
Larsen, Passing, Continued: 
Nella Larsen’s Passing, Parts II and III. 


Week 13:

Bennett, Grimké, Burrill, and Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr

In Double-Take, read Helene Johnson “Magalu” and “Bottled.”
Gwendolyn B. Bennett, “Heritage” and “Fantasy.” 
Angelina Weld Grimké “The 
Closing Door” [Online Handout/Link]
Mary Powell Burill"They That Sit in Darkness" [Online Handout/Link]
Double-Take, Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr., “Sonnet to Negro Soldiers” and"On the Fields of France".

Week 14:

Rodgers, Hughes, and Cullen

  • In Double-Take, Joel A. Rodgers“Jazz at Home”
  • Langston Hughes “The Negro Speaks  of Rivers,” “Jazzonia,” “The Weary Blues,” Cross” and “Harlem” (A Dream Deferred)” [Online Handouts/Links]. 
  • In Double-Take, Countee Cullen’“Heritage,” “Yet I Do Marvel,” andIncident” [Online Handouts/Links]