ENGL 260 American Literature: Harlem Renaissance • 5 Cr.


Introduces students to the writers of the historic black culture movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. From W.E.B. DuBois and Langston Hughes to Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, students explore the origins, themes, controversies and legacies of a literary and arts group known for its progressive thinking. Recommended: ENGL& 101 and ENGL 201.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Connect cultural attitudes, historical, social and political forces of the period.
  • Analyze and synthesize multiple points of view and positions within the context of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Write critical analyses of major themes and ideas of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Read and respond to the central feelings, thoughts and concerns of the era.
  • Associate Harlem Renaissance writers to their respective themes and styles.
  • Analyze the influences of Harlem Renaissance writers.
  • Interpret and explain the role of writing as literary experience and the significance of literature in life.
  • Acquire and use precise literary vocabulary and concepts with which to synthesize and write responses and analyses.
  • Apply literary concepts and conventions to thoughtful engagement in and out of the classroom.