Discussion planned on Harlem Renaissance writing and music at Fairfield University Bookstore


Image: J GarveyFrom W.E.B. DuBois' sorrow songs to Langston Hughes' jazz-inspired poetry, African-American artists and writers have incorporated music into their fiction and poetry in ways both aesthetic and political. Johanna Garvey, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Fairfield University, will discuss the role of music in literature in "'It Was the Music': Spirituals, Blues, and Jazz in Literature of the Harlem Renaissance," at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. The talk, part of the University's Learning for a Lifetime Program, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Garvey, who has written about and taught Caribbean and African American writers, will look at many examples from her time period, focusing on authors Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen in particular.

Dr. Garvey was the founding co-director of Fairfield's programs in Women's Studies and Black Studies, and she chaired the English Department for six years. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information on this event or the Learning for a Lifetime Program, contact Elizabeth Hastings at ehastings@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.

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Posted on March 26, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 237