55636-01 - Forschungsseminar: The Harlem Renaissance 4 KP (ABGESAGT)

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Philipp Schweighauser (ph.schweighauser@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course invites students to explore the extraordinary flowering of African-American creativity in literature, art, and music during the two World Wars. Fueled by the Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban, industrial North in the wake of WWI, the Harlem Renaissance drew much of its energy from African-American folk culture even as it appropriated traditional poetic forms and at times probed the limits of literary language in modernist experimental fashion. It received one of its early names (the "New Negro Renaissance") from philosophy professor Alain Locke's edited volume "The New Negro" (1925). It pitted civil rights leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois, who placed their hopes for racial uplift in the 'talented tenth,' against younger radicals like Claude McKay, who explored the vitality of urban life in his sensational(ist) Home to Harlem (1928). The Harlem Renaissance was also a fundamentally cross-cultural movement that brought together white radicals, photographers, and patrons of the arts with black writers, musicians, and artists. In the third book on our list of course texts, Nella Larsen explores the gendered nature of this interracial dimension by way of the tragic protagonist of her spell-binding novel "Quicksand" (1928).
Lernziele To give students a solid overview of a defining moment in the history of African-American literature.
Literatur The following three texts should be purchased and read before the beginning of the term: Alain Locke, ed. "The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance" (1925; get the 1990s Simon & Schuster edition with an introduction by Arnold Rampersand); Nella Larsen, "Quicksand" (1928); Claude McKay, "Home to Harlem" (1928). Copies are available at Labyrinth bookstore. Consider supporting your local bookstore.


Teilnahmebedingungen This MA course is a research seminar for MA students, PhD candidates, and post-docs.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2019 – 18.12.2019

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Module Modul: Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Koordinaten der Kreativität (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Kulturtechnische Dimensionen (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung (Master Studiengang Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul: Literaturgeschichte (Master Studiengang Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul: Research in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung no more than two absences, weekly readings, active participation
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft