It has been created within the larger realm of post-colonial literaturealthough scholars distinguish between the two, saying that "African American literature differs from most post-colonial literature in that it is written by members of a minority community who reside within a nation of vast wealth and economic power. This oral poetry also appears in the African-American tradition of Christian sermonswhich make use of deliberate repetition, cadence, and alliteration. African-American literature—especially written poetry, but also prose—has a strong tradition of incorporating all of these forms of oral poetry. Some scholars resist using Western literary theory to analyze African-American literature.
Du Bois, an African American civil rights leader who, in Novemberwrote that an age of African American literature was due. Collectively, the writers, artists, intellectuals, and performers were known as the "new Negroes," and their milieu would be called the Harlem Renaissance.
The term "new Negro" actually predates the New Negro Movement. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
InBooker T. The term "new Negro" was already a social reality, and the New Negro Movement simply solidified the awareness of that new reality. In its heyday, the effective leader of the New Negro Movement was philosopher Alain Locke, whose roles as both intellectual leader and cultural pluralist proved a rare combination.
As the spokesman and chief strategist of the New Negro Movement during the Harlem Renaissance period and beyond, Locke resolved to sweep away the disparaging stereotypes of the "old Negro" through the change of ideas and the visual rhetoric of art, music, drama, and literature.
The ideology of the New Negro Movement expressed itself through the Harlem Renaissance, which sparked a new pride in everything African American, and presented, to both white and black audiences, the artistic and literary gifts of the "talented tenth"—the vanguard of the African American elite who could best represent the new image of African Americans to America at large.
This was a watershed period in African American history because the Harlem Renaissance achieved a major objective of the New Negro Movement and instilled pride in African Americans and a corresponding respect for African Americans by mainstream America.
Locke had believed that art ought to contribute to the improvement of life and the New Negro Movement transfused African American consciousness by shaping a new self-image through powerful literary and artistic images.Diaries and other material documenting the life and work of the Jamaican planter and slaveowner Thomas Thistlewood.
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Course Descriptions English (ENG) To view the complete schedule of courses for each semester, go to Cardinal Station. ENG H: Writing and Rhetoric. Credits. The Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies (SEDERI) has as its main aim to encourage scholarly research on the English language, as well as its literature, history and culture of the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Renaissance was a pivotal period in the development towards the more individualistic and humanistic society that we know today. 2 Renaissance literature is at the same time a mixture of different elements from previous literary movements and a reaction against those movements.