ONLINE CLASS: “When the Negro Was In Vogue:” Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation in Harlem Reniassance Literature (2087)

Four Wednesdays: August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

$120.00 (10% off for members)

During the Harlem Renaissance, Black people, only decades out of enslavement, debated how to depict their lives in the face of cultural appropriation and Jim Crow laws, and as a result, they produced work that rewrote what American culture would become and how it would influence the world. This four-week course begins with Alain Locke’s The New Negro (1925) and continues with Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928). In the second week, we will discuss Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry (1929), Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Langston Hughes’ The Big Sea (1940) in the third, fourth and final week, respectively. Four Wednesdays: August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule:

August 5: The New Negro, by Alain Locke

August 12: Quicksand by by Nella Larson and/or Wallace Thurman's The Blacker the Berry

August 19: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

August 26: The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes


The New Negro, Alain Locke

Quicksand, Nella Larsen

The Blacker the Berry, Wallace Thurman

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Big Sea, Langston Hughes

Kimberly Clarke is a writer, independent scholar and educator based in Alexandria, Virginia where she pursues her research interests in 19th century Transatlantic studies, Classical studies, and Caribbean Literature. She is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the education sector. Dr. Clarke has over a decade of experience engaging in outreach programs and initiatives that pursue cross-cultural partnerships with diverse populations. 

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The New Negro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684838311
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Published: Touchstone - March 1st, 1999

Quicksand Cover Image
By Nella Larsen, Thadious M. Davis (Introduction by), Thadious M. Davis (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141181271
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Classics - January 29th, 2002

The Blacker the Berry . . . Cover Image
By Wallace Thurman, Allyson Hobbs (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143131878
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 16th, 2018

Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2006

The Big Sea: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780809015498
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Published: Hill and Wang - August 1st, 1993