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Spring 2016-2017
* AAS 368 / REL 368 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in African American Religion - Black Religion and the Harlem Renaissance

Wallace D. Best

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s is most often depicted as "the flowering of African American arts and literature." It can also be characterized as a period when diverse forms of African American religious expressions, ideologies, and institutions emerged. This course will explore the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly the writings of Langston Hughes, to understand the pivotal intersection of race and religion during this time of black "cultural production."

Sample reading list:
Alain Locke, The New Negro
Nathan Huggins, Harlem Renaissance
David Levering-Lewis, When Harlem Was In Vogue
Carl Van Vechten, Nigger Heaven
Claude McKay, Home To Harlem
Arnold Rampersad, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
1-page weekly response papers; 5-page short paper; Final research essay

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41179 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:9 Limit:16