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The Harlem Renaissance: A History and an Anthology

Cary Wintz (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-881089-67-4
240 pages
August 2003, ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Harlem Renaissance was the most significant event in African American intellectual and cultural life in the twentieth century. Its most obvious manifestation was in a self-conscious literary movement, but it touched almost every component of African American creative culture in the period from World War I through the Great Depression: music, the visual arts, theater, and literature. It also affected politics, social development, and almost every phase of the African American experience in the 1920s and 1930s.

This anthology concentrates on the literary aspects of the Harlem Renaissance, though it does include several examples of the visual arts associated with the movement. The literary texts are arranged more or less chronologically; for the most part shorter pieces have been selected that could be presented in their entirety. There are some excerpts from longer works. All of the major authors are represented as well as some less well known. This anthology also includes selections that help frame the history of the movement, several essays on the Harlem Renaissance, as well as some critism contemporary to the writing.

Concluding with a bibliography, this volume serves as a brief introduction to the Harlem Renaissance, its writers, and the rich body of literature they produced.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction.

Part II: African American Literature before the Renaissance.

Part III: African American Literature in Transition.

Part IV: The Origins of the Harlem Renaissance: 1924-1926.

Part V: The Harlem Renaissance 1926-1930.

Part VI: Slow Fade to Black: The 1930s.

Selected Bibliography.

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Author Information

Cary D. Wintz is Professor of History at Texas Southern University and author of Black Culture and the Harlem Renaissance (1997), coauthor of Texas: The Lone Star State, Ninth Edition (2005), editor of African American Political Thought 1890-1930: Washington, Dubois, Garvey, and Randolph (1996), The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon (new ed. 2000), and coeditor of Black Dixie: Afro-Texan History and Culture in Houston (1992), Major Problems in Texas History (2002), and the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2005).
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