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AAS/ARTHIST 389 Art of the Harlem Renaissance: Course Summary

Explore the Harlem Renaissance (ca. 1920-1935), also known as the New Negro period, when African, African American, and African Diaspora subject matter and artists emerged embodying an new aesthetic and a new area of interest in modern culture.

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The purpose of this class is to explore the period of the Harlem Renaissance (ca. 1920-1935), also known as the New Negro period.  This is an era when African, African American, and African Diaspora subject matter and artists emerged embodying an new aesthetic and a new area of interest in modern culture.  Material for the class will be presented through slides, videos, lectures, class discussions, and museum visits.


There is no single book for this class but the recommended text is Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance (1997).  Readings from this and other texts will be assigned throughout the semester. 

Your topic should be rooted in the art of the Harlem Renaissance but can involve music, literature, or theater performance.   When submitted, the paper should be 12-15 pages in length plus a bibliography.  A short (10 – 15 minute) presentation of the final paper topic will be made to the class during the last two weeks of the semester by each student. 



Library Session and MARBL visit, Jan 31st, 2012

Randall K. Burkett, African American Collections Curator, 404-727-0129

The Crisis (New York, N.Y.),  W. E. B Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. New York, : Crisis Pub. Co., etc. 1910

Opportunity (New York, N.Y.)National Urban League. New York City : National Urban League, The Department of Research and Investigations 1923-

The souls of black folk : essays and sketches  W. E. B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.  Chicago : A. C. McClurg 1904

The blacker the berry : a novel of Negro life  Wallace Thurman 1902-1934. Aaron Douglas bookjacket designer.; Wallace Thurman 1902-1934, inscriber.; Evelyn Graves Crawford 1899-1972, former owner.; Matt N. Crawford former owner.; Louise Alone Thompson Patterson 1901-1999. former owner.; Louise Thompson Patterson Library (Emory University. General Libraries) New York : Macaulay Co. 1929  (MARBL has two other copies)

Passing  (mentioned but not seen) Nella Larsen Louise Alone Thompson Patterson 1901-1999, former owner.; Cedric Dover former owner.; Louise Thompson Patterson Library (Emory University. General Libraries); Cedric Dover Library (Emory University. MARBL)  New York : Alfred A. Knopf 1929

Cane (mentioned but not seen) Jean Toomer 1894-1967. Waldo David Frank 1889-1967. New York : Boni and Liveright c1923

God sends Sunday  Arna Wendell Bontemps 1902-1973. Aaron Douglas ill.; Arna Wendell Bontemps 1902-1973, signer.; Matt N. Crawford former owner.; Evelyn Graves Crawford 1899-1972, former owner.; Louise Alone Thompson Patterson 1901-1999. former owner.; Louise Thompson Patterson Library (Emory University. General Libraries)  New York : Harcourt, Brace and Co. c1931

Black boy : a record of childhood and youth (mentioned but not seen)  Richard Wright 1908-1960. Cedric Dover former owner.; Cedric Dover Library (Emory University. MARBL)  London : V. Gollancz 1945

The ways of white folks  Langston Hughes 1902-1967. Cedric Dover former owner.; Cedric Dover Library (Emory University. MARBL) New York : Knopf 1944, c1934

Nigger heaven Carl Van Vechten 1880-1964. James Weldon Johnson 1871-1938, former owner.; Grace Nail Johnson 1885-1976, former owner.; Carl Van Vechten 1880-1964, inscriber.; Cedric Dover former owner.; Randall K. Burkett collector.; Raymond Danowski collector.; Cedric Dover Library (Emory University. MARBL); Raymond Danowski Poetry Library (Emory University. General Libraries) New York : Knopf 1926

Scottsboro limited : four poems and a play in verse Langston Hughes 1902-1967. Prentiss Taylor 1907-1991, ill.; Matt N. Crawford former owner.; Evelyn Graves Crawford 1899-1972, former owner.; Langston Hughes 1902-1967, inscriber.; Ramona Lowe former owner.; Raymond Danowski collector.; Golden Stair Press.; Raymond Danowski Poetry Library (Emory University. General Libraries) New York City : Golden Stair Press 1932

Fire!! (New York, N.Y.) (mentioned but not seen) Wallace Thurman 1902-1934. New York City : s.n. 1926. 1926

“ Shuffle Along” in the Flournoy E. Miller papers,1924-1988 , (mentioned but not seen)

“Suitcase Theatre” in the Louise Thompson Patterson papers (mentioned but not seen)



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