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Works by African American Writers - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this chapter, instructors introduce you to the prose and poetry of major African American writers, including Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison. This chapter covers the important works that emerged from the Harlem Renaissance as well as works from contemporary writers like Alice Walker. Video lessons feature summaries and analysis of key writings as well as an overview of the political influence of major writers like W.E.B. Du Bois. When you're finished watching the videos in this chapter, you'll have knowledge of:
- Novels and poetry from the Jazz Age
- Countee Cullen's contributions to the Harlem Renaissance
- Poems written by Maya Angelou
- Contemporary works from major authors
|The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age||Discusses major themes that characterized the works that emerged during this period. Provides an overview of key writers and their contributions. Identifies famous writers of this period, including Claude McKay, W.E.B. Du Bois and Countee Cullen.|
|Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style||Describes the influences and written works of Douglass and details his escape from slavery and journey to the North. Examines his work as an abolitionist and summarizes the narratives he wrote on life as a slave.|
|W.E.B. Du Bois: Literature and Political Influence||Depicts Du Bois' career as a civil rights spokesman and provides details on his early life. Details his focus on double consciousness and his work with the NAACP.|
|Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage||Analyzes Cullen's poem Heritage and describes its importance in African American culture. Examines the major themes of this poem and provides some insight into Cullen's significance as a writer during the Harlem Renaissance.|
|Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God: Summary & Analysis||Describes the main characters in the novel and summarizes the storyline. Analyzes the novel's major themes of race and gender.|
|Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age||Features two poems written by this famous poet and identifies the themes and motivations for each poem. Explains how jazz music influenced his writing.|
|Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis||Analyzes two poems written by McKay and focuses on his views of the African American experience. Describes how he built on themes originated by W.E.B. Du Bois.|
|Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis||Provides a plot overview and analysis of major themes in this award winning novel. Offers some history on Ellison's life and influences.|
|Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis||Explores this autobiography of Wright's childhood difficulties and early adult life battling racism. Discusses the book's significance in American history.|
|Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry||Examines the life of Maya Angelou and how her experiences influenced her writing. Discusses her autobiography and poems.|
|Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin||Describes the stories and poems of more recent authors. Examines their contributions and the influences that shaped their writing.|
1. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
2. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''
3. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness
W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.
4. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage
The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'
5. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary & Analysis
Zora Neale Hurston's novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' is a famous Harlem Renaissance novel that examines race and gender issues through the eyes of its main character, Janie Crawford. This lesson gives a synopsis of the novel and examines how it approaches race and gender.
6. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age
Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.
7. Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis
Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet. His poems 'America' and 'If We Must Die' explored the complicated relationship African Americans had with the world around them.
8. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis
If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'
9. Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis
After his fiction masterpiece 'Native Son,' Richard Wright wrote a deeply personal and moving autobiography, covering his childhood in the South and his life as an adult in Chicago. In this lesson, we'll explore 'Black Boy.'
10. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry
'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is the autobiography of American poet Maya Angelou. While the story is often difficult to read, it shows how a strong person can overcome difficult obstacles and achieve great things. Learn more about the inspiring life story of one of the country's greatest writers.
11. Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin
In this lesson, we will look at the role of contemporary African American writing. The focus will be on authors Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin.
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