Reading Groups

Novels of the
Harlem Renaissance


Led By: Anne Fernald


Time: 6 - 7:30pm


Meets: Every other Wednesday, four sessions 


Dates: Sept. 27; Oct. 11; Oct. 25; Nov. 8.


Sign up:

Members: $125

Nonmembers: $150


The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s saw a remarkable artistic and political flowering among African-Americans. All four of the novels we will read were written in the crucible of that amazing creative period, though their stories take place both in Harlem and far beyond it—in France, Denmark, Alabama, Florida and elsewhere. We will read: Claude McKay, Home to Harlem (1927), Nella Larsen, Quicksand (1928), Langston Hughes, Not Without Laughter (1930) and finish with Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Participants should read Home to Harlem before the first session.


Anne E. Fernald is the editor of the Cambridge University Press Mrs. Dalloway (2014) and author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (2006) as well as articles and reviews on Woolf and feminist modernism. An editor of The Norton Reader, a widely used anthology of essays, she teaches English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. She occasionally updates her blog, Fernham, and can be found on twitter @fernham.