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AFEN 266 The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: 20th Century African-American Literature (CORE—Literature)

(First semester—odd years/3 credits) 

Beginning with the energetic era of the Harlem Renaissance, this course studies African- American writings in the 20th century. Themes discussed include the influence of folk elements and music, the appearance of the trickster and masking techniques as both means of survival and art forms, the issue of audience address and language choices and the subject of dual consciousness. May include works by DuBois, Johnson, Toomer, Larsen, Hurston, G. Jones, Baldwin, Walker, Reed, C. Johnson and Morrison.