552.330 (16W) Issues in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age

Wintersemester 2016/17

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03.10.2016 16:00 - 19:30 , N.0.43
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Lehrende/r
LV-Titel englisch
Issues in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age
LV-Art
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
7.0
Anmeldungen
11 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
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LV-Beginn
01.10.2016
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students will become familiar with an important moment in American cultural production. They will establish connections between the idea sof “authenticity” and “blackness” and the modernist aesthetics of the Harlem Renaissance. They will learn to articulate the social and political difficulties and complexities involved inthe promotion of black artistic expression throughout the period, and to point to the problems and dangers that may arise from the promotion of an “authentic”aesthetics. 

Lehrmethodik

Short lecture inputs, in-class discussions of assigned texts

Inhalt/e

In this seminar, we will be concerned with what George Hutchinson has called “the Harlem Renaissance in black and white,” including both African American and European American artists and intellectuals in our discussion of this vibrant cultural period. Starting with Alain Locke’s influential text on the New Negro (1925), we will look at short stories, novels, music, and poems produced by African American writers during the 1920s, and pay close attention to their use of language, authorial identity, and formal experimentation. We will start out with a chapter from Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), and a few poems by Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Countee Cullen, before turning to two short novels, George Schuyler’s Black No More (1931) and Nella Larsen’s Passing (1928), which depict the increasingly fluid racial and gender identities during the period. We will then read Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist play The Emperor Jones (1920), and watch a clip from Dudley Murphy’s 1933 film adaptation of the play, starring the African American actor Paul Robeson. We will end our course with reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), asking ourselves how Fitzgerald’s novel, concerned as it is with the life of upper-class white Americans during the jazz age, relates to the texts that we have discussed throughout the semester.

Attendance of the first session on October 3 is MANDATORY

Literatur

Nella Larsen. 1928. Passing. Any edition.  

F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby. Any edition.

George Schuyler. 1931.  Black No More. Any edition.

All other texts will be provided by the instructor on Moodle.

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

Mid-term paper of 1,500 words

Final paper of 3,500 words


Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

30% participation (pillar 1); 30% midterm paper (pillar 2); 40% final paper (pillar 3)

You will need to achieve passing grades in all pillars of assessment in order toreceive a passing grade for the class

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 0.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Freie Kombination (Wahlfach)
      • Freie Kombination ( 0.0h SE / 12.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Literature (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age (2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)

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