This course places African American literary texts within their archival context, examining how texts were planned, composed, revised, and received in their time. Each class meeting will pair a text or texts with archival materials from Beinecke Library, including manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. Students will gain an understanding of archival organization and how archival materials can be placed in conversation with published work by examining published and unpublished texts as well as scholarly uses of archival materials. Readings will include Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, and Richard Wright.
Also AFAM 212.