COMPLIT 260 - Europe and Its Others
Section: 003 Harlem Comes to Paris: Black American Culture in Jazz Age Paris
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Historical, literary, visual, and musical texts show us that Black American writers, artists, performers, musicians, and intellectuals have had a longstanding fascination with Paris, France. This course will explore Black American encounters in and with the City of Light during the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s, with particular attention to their interactions with communities of African descent residing in the city. We will also consider how Black Americans and Black American culture helped to shape conversations about Black racial identity that circulated in Paris during the interwar years. We will read autobiographical narratives by performers Josephine Baker and "Bricktop" Smith; study poetry, fiction and social criticism by figures such as Claude McKay, Jane Nardal, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. DuBois; examine visual narratives by French artist Paul Colin; and listen to jazz selections from James Reese Europe, Sidney Bechet, and others. Students are required to maintain a reading journal, actively contribute to discussions, submit two five-page analytical papers, and make two class presentations, with the goal of better understanding the cultural, political, and gendered promises that the French capital held for many Black American artists and intellectuals. Instruction and course materials will be in English.

COMPLIT 260 - Europe and Its Others
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780252068607
Nigger heaven, Author: by Carl Van Vechten ; introduc, Publisher: University of Illinois Press 1st Illino 2000
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780156106757
Banjo; a story without a plot., Author: McKay, Claude, 1890-1948., Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich 1970
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780500281352
Negrophilia : avant-garde Paris and black culture in the 1920s, Author: Petrine Archer-Shaw., Publisher: Thames & Hudson 2000
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