The Harlem Renaissance: A Historical Exploration of Literature, 1st Edition

  • Lynn Domina
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  • ISBN-10: 1610696506
  • ISBN-13: 9781610696500
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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The Harlem Renaissance is one of the most interesting eras in African American literature as well as a highly regarded period in our country's literary history. The works produced during this span reflect a turbulent social climate in America ... a time fraught with both opportunities and injustices for minorities. In this enlightening guide, author and educator Lynn Domina examines the literature of the Harlem Renaissance along with the cultural and societal factors influencing its writers. This compelling book illuminates the cultural conditions affecting the lives of African Americans everywhere, addressing topics such as prohibition, race riots, racism, interracial marriage, sharecropping, and lynching. Each chapter includes historical background on both the literary work and the author and explores several themes through historical document excerpts and thoughtful analysis to illustrate how literature responded to the surrounding social circumstances. Chapters conclude with a discussion of why and how the literary work remains relevant today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Historical Explorations of Literature.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction and Background to the Harlem Renaissance.
1: The Poetry of Claude McKay and Langston Hughes.
2: Historical Background.
3: About Claude Mckay.
4: About Langston Hughes.
5: Historical Exploration: Race Riots of 1919.
6: Historical Exploration: Re-Invigorization of the Ku Klux Klan.
7: Historical Exploration: The Russian Revolution and Attraction of the Communist Party Among American Writers.
8: Why We Read the Poetry of Claude McKay and Langston Hughes Today.
9: Cane.
10: Historical Background.
11: About Jean Toomer.
12: Historical Exploration: Lynching.
13: Historical Exploration: Prohibition.
14: Why We Read Cane Today.
15: Passing and Quicksand.
16: Historical Background.
17: About Nella Larsen.
18: Historical Exploration: Racial Definitions and Passing.
19: Historical Exploration: Interracial Marriage.
20: Historical Exploration: Expatriates.
21: Why We Read Quicksand and Passing Today.
22: Their Eyes Were Watching God.
23: Historical Background.
24: About Zora Neale Hurston.
25: Historical Exploration: All-Black Towns.
26: Historical Exploration: Migrant and Seasonal Labor.
27: Historical Exploration: Hurricanes.
28: Why We Read Their Eyes were Watching God Today.
About the Author.