THEA-UT 708 | 4 units | Instructor: Stefanie Jones
This course explores one of the richest artistic, social, and intellectual milieus in US history: the Harlem Renaissance. The class will cover the texts and contexts of black drama, performance, and cultural production from the end of the 19th century up to the second world war. While we will look at popular culture, art, and political theatre influencing and influenced by this movement, the course will center on the artists who were positioned as part of the Harlem Renaissance movement itself, from its roots in the work of Georgia Douglas Johnson and W.E.B. DuBois, to contributors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Taking advantage of our proximity to Harlem, we will also visit historical sites and review original papers from these artists, practicing hands-on techniques of theatre research and bringing this vibrant period to life.