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Title:A novel way to learn: black educational fiction from reconstruction to the Harlem renaissance
Author(s):Engstrom, Arja
Director of Research:Bauer, Dale M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bauer, Dale M.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Foote, Stephanie; Castro, Nancy E.; Mortensen, Peter L.
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Literature
African American Literature
African American novel
literature and education
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
college education
Abstract:A Novel Way to Learn examines the development of black fiction in tandem with black educational advancement from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. By reading education in the novels of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Sutton Griggs, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Jessie Redmon Fauset, I reveal an underexplored genealogy of black educational thought from initial calls for educational access to more independent, ideological, and pragmatic modes embodied in the texts of black fiction writers. Ultimately, I argue that black educational fiction constitutes a key strand of African American writing before the Harlem Renaissance.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Arja Karoliina Engstrom
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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