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Harlem Renaissance - Literature

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Amelia Salvatore

on 1 March 2013

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(LITERATURE) HARLEM RENAISSANCE What? It was a blossoming of African American culture, particularly in creative arts, and the most influential movement in African American literary history. Why? Though this historical time was centered in Harlem, New York City, the movement strived to impact urban areas throughout the United States. Black novelists, poets, painters, and playwrights began creating different works that rooted particularly in their own culture. This instead of imitating the styles of Europeans and white Americans.
Who? Great writers such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Jessie Fauset stressed people to embrace their culture. Where? While this renaissance was not just confined to the Harlem district of New York City, Harlem attracted a remarkable concentration of certain intellect and exceptional talent as it served as the symbolic capital of this cultural rebirth for African Americans. Resources: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/25539/Harlem-Renaissance


http://www.ehow.com/info_8427932_ideals-harlem-renaissance-writers-promote.html Amelia Salvatore Harlem, New York City The Harlem Renaissance was a phase of a larger New Negro movement that had emerged in the early 20th century and in some ways ushered in the civil rights movement of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Langston Hughes is probably the most well-known of all the Harlem Renaissance writers. As a poet, Langston Hughes work is distinctly African American in it's rich content and details as his experience being Black man. But, at the same time, his many writings are very accessible to readers and all races. Nora Neale Hurston was primarily a novelist. Nora worked as a writer during the Harlem Renaissance publishing stories and novels. Nora's writings often used characters, vernacular, and legends based on life in the town that she grew up in. Nora's works and writings are notable for their incorporation of the culture she grew up around. Claude McKay was born in Jamaica and is best known for his novel Home to Harlem. This story was about a man living in Harlem. As well as a writer, he was a noted poet. His works influences artists like Langston Hughes. Although they had very different writing styles, his work also reflected on the struggle for African Americans. He wrote many journalist works as well as poetry. Jessie Fauset was another prominent female writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She wrote essays and was a literary editor NAACP journal, The Crisis. This was one of the most significant periodicals of it's time. Many other famous writers contributed to this paper. Jessie wrote about issues such as interracial relationships. Most of her works portrayed upper-middle class African Americans. The Age of Rebirth for African Americans(1918-1937) Langston Hughes Zora Neale Hurston Claude McKay Jessie Fauset
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