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The Harlem Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

Cheryl A. Wall

August 2016

ISBN: 9780199335558

152 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



This Very Short Introduction offers an overview of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural awakening among African Americans between the two world wars. Cheryl A. Wall brings readers to the Harlem of 1920s to identify the cultural themes and issues that engaged writers, musicians, and visual artists alike.

  • Only comprehensive single-volume history of the Harlem Renaissance in the last twenty-five years.
  • Provides a broad overview of the cultural landscape during the Harlem Renaissance, including literature, music, theather, and visual arts.
  • Understands the Harlem Renaissance as part of a diverse and international cultural awakening.
  • Wall's writing is lively and elegant.

About the Author(s)

Cheryl A. Wall, Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor, Rutgers University

Cheryl A. Wall is a literary critic and professor of English at Rutgers University. She specializes in black women's writing, particularly the Harlem Renaissance and Zora Neale Hurston. She is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage and Literary Tradition and Women of the Harlem Renaissance, and the editor of several volumes of Hurston's writings for the Library of America. She is also a section editor for The Norton Anthology of African American Literature and is on the editorial board of American Literature, The African American Review and Signs.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. When the Negro Was In Vogue
    Chapter 2. Defining New Negro Identities
    Chapter 3. Harlem: City of Dream
    Chapter 4. What Is Africa to Me?
    Chapter 5. Strong Roots Sink Down
    Epilogue: Beyond Harlem
    Further reading