Skip to main content


Harlem and After: African American Literature 1925-present (EAS3241)

30 credits

Taking as its point of departure the landmark special issue of Survey Graphic that announced the arrival on the artistic and intellectual scene of the “New Negro” (1925), this module provides an historical survey of African American writing, 1925 to present. Focusing on a range of literary forms – including novel, short fiction, essay and poetry – the module showcases the range and diversity of African American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Through close readings of works by canonical, recovered and emerging writers, it encourages students to situate these texts within their historical, social, political and literary contexts.