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The Harlem Renaissance

This guide was created for the course on the Harlem Renaissance offered by the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University.

Criticism and Interpretation


African American Political Thought, 1890-1930 : Washington, Du Bois, Garvey, and Randolph

Authentic Blackness: The Folk in the New Negro Renaissance

Black Regions of the Imagination African American Writers between the Nation and the World

Brown Beauty : Color, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Each Hour Redeem: Time and Justice in African American Literature

Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem

Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State

From Harlem to Paris : Black American writers in France, 1840-1980

Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance: Revaluations

Harlem Renaissance Re-examined

The Harlem Renaissance Remembered: Essays

The Harlem Renaissance: The One and the Many

In the Shadow of the Black Beast: African American Masculinity in the Harlem and Southern Renaissances

Inventing Black Women: African American Women Poets and Self-representation, 1877-2000

Jean Toomer Race, Repression, and Revolution

Langston's Salvation: American religion and the Bard of Harlem

Literary Movements for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Literary Movements

Looking for Harlem Urban Aesthetics in African American Literature

On Freedom and the Will to Adorn: the Art of the African American Essay

Pillars of Cloud and Fire : The Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation

Race Capital?: Harlem as Setting and Symbol

The Shadowed Country: Claude McKay and the Romance of the Victorians

Temples for Tomorrow: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance

Unnatural Selections Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance 

Vicious Modernism: Black Harlem and the Literary Imagination

Victims and Heroes: Racial Violence in the African American Novel


African American Authors 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

The African American Roots of Modernism From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

Afro-Amercian Writers From the Harlem Renaissance to 1940

An Anthology of Interracial Literature Black-white Contacts in the Old World and the New

Children's Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Civil Rights and the Environment in African-American Literature, 1895-1941

The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman : a Harlem Renaissance Reader

The Color of Democracy in Women's Regional Writing

Comedy: American Style: Jessie Redmon Fauset

Creative writings by W.E.B. Du Bois: A Pageant, Poems, Short Stories, and Playlets

Double-take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology

F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Goodbye Christ? : Christianity, masculinity, and the new Negro Renaissance

The Handbook of African American Literature (Print and Online)

The Harlem and Irish Renaissances: Language, Identity, and Representation

Harlem's Glory: Black women writing, 1900-1950

The Harlem Group of Negro Writers

The Ideologies of African American Literature: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Nationalist Revolt : A Sociology of Literature Perspective

The Jazz Age: A Historical Exploration of Literature

Langston Hughes & the Blues

Language and Literature in the African American Imagination

The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946

Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature

Literary Influence and African-American Writers: Collected Essays

Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle, A Biography of the Harlem Renaissance  (Print and Online)

Literature and its Times. Supplement 1: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them

The Making of the New Negro Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance 

Measuring the Harlem Renaissance: The U.S. Census, African American Identity, and Literary Form

Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance

My Soul's High Song: The Collected Writings of Countee Cullen, Voice of the Harlem Renaissance

Narratives of African American Women's Literary Pragmatism and Creative Democracy

New Voices on the Harlem Renaissance: Essays on Race, Gender, and Literary Discourse

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature

Politics in the African American Novel: James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader - On Order

Portraits of the New Negro Woman: Visual and Literary Culture in the Harlem Renaissance

The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature

Prose Writing, 1910-1950. Vol. 6

Publishing Blackness: Textual Constructions of Race Since 1850

Race, Music, and National Identity: Images of Jazz in American Fiction, 1920-1960

A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Voices of an American Community

Silence to the Drums: A Survey of the Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

The Sleepaer Wakes: Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women

South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature

Spoofing the Modern : Satire in the Harlem Renaissance

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies

Voices From the Harlem Renaissance

The Waiting Years: Essays on American Negro Literature

Writing the Harlem Renaissance: Revisitng the Vision 

Writing Through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature


A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance

Black Theatre USA: Plays by African Americans

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

A History of African American Theatre

Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance

A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements

Staging Faith Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Wines in the Wilderness: Plays by African American Women from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present


The Afro-American Novel and its Tradition

The American Novel, 1870-1940

Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction

Black Orpheus : music in African American fiction from the Harlem Renaissance to Toni Morrison

Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era

The Novels of the Harlem Renaissance: 12 Black Writers, 1923-1933

Passing Novels in the Harlem Renaissance: Identity Politics and Textual Strategies


Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic

Aphrodite's Daughters: Three Modernist Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Black American Poets and Dramatists of the Harlem Renaissance

Black Poets of the United States; From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes

Black Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

The Book of American Negro Poetry

Color, Sex and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

I am the Darker Brother : An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans

The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaisance to Spoken Word

Poetry, Deisre, and Fantasy in the Harlem Renaissance

Shadowed Dreams: Women's Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance  (Print and Online)