Stories of the Great Migration

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Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154671 Stories of the Great Migration 2 HS Fr, 10:15 - 11:45 R. 0.406 Klemm
Course Description

From 1915-1917, almost six million African-Americans left the South for northern or western cities in search of a better life. What became known as “The Great Migration” transformed America economically, politically, socially and culturally. As Isabel Wilkerson pointed out in her highly celebrated narrative epic The Warmth of Other Suns (2010) and novelist Ayana Mathis claimed with her book The Twelves Tribes of Hattie (2012), a new nation was built by the people who came from the South.
After gaining some insights into the historical developments, we will explore how the narrative of the Great Migration has been constructed and challenged in films like Daughters of Dust (1991), Jacob Lawrence’s paintings, and texts by writers such as Pearl Cleage, Toni Morrison (Jazz) and James Baldwin. In the third part of the class, we will read more recent texts and see what is new in these responses to the narrative of the Great Migration and hopefully find an answer to the question why this movement is of such significance today.

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