Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Maik Nwosu, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Clark Davis

Third Advisor

Eleanor McNees

Fourth Advisor

Frédérique Chevillot


Harlem renaissance, Intersectionality, Nella Larsen, New negro, Wallace Thurman, Zora Neale Hurston


Much of the Harlem Renaissance artistic movement was directly intertwined with the New Negro social movement of the time. Race leaders spoke to and influenced artistic trends, while artists often engaged with the New Negro race issues and social debates through their works. Wallace Thurman, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston used their own fictional works to explore the New Negro construct being promoted. In examining the constructed nature of this New Negro identity, these artists strove to destabilize the social "norms" upon which the identity was based. As they thematically and stylistically explored such social constructs through their fiction, Thurman, Larsen, and Hurston simultaneously gave voice to those perspectives unrepresented within such restrictive constructs. This project examines these authors' subversion of such social constructs through the frameworks of intersectionality and contextual dialogue.

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Rights Holder

Renee E. Chase


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

232 p.


American literature, African American studies