In the 1920s and 1930s, between World War I and the Great Depression, there was a remarkable flourishing of African American creativity in the area of literature and the arts that became known as the Harlem Renaissance. In this course, we will examine how the idea of the renaissance is constituted. In particular, we will critically reflect on negotiations of race, sexuality, gender, spirituality and identity as they appear in Harlem Renaissance texts. We will engage novels, short stories, poems, and essays through assessment, analysis, discussion and writing.