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Mobility in the HR and CR

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The Harlem Renaissance and the Celtic Revival are both movements that literally moved outside of their regions of origin.  By focusing on the movement within the movement, one can understand the influence that the Celtic Revival and Harlem Renaissance had on the societies.  W.B. Yeats and Claude McKay are two writers whose texts should be supported by other authors and poets of their time who did the same thing that they did by taking their texts and moving the movement.  The mobility within a movement is important to the success of that movement in regard to its impact on the culture it was intended for.  In order to understand this, we must look at more authors that took their work abroad during these movements.  Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes and others will be important in inspecting how much of an impact the movements had both domestically and internationally.


Question:  What impact did the Harlem Renaissance and the Celtic Revival have on other cultures and how did mobility by the movement’s writers help the successes of these eras?


  • This approach is very interesting and also pertinent to each movement. As we mentioned in class, the problems faced in the Celtic Revival were not isolated to Ireland but also trickled into England. For example, Yeats was educated in England and wrote about the Revival despite the fact that he was, in some sense, removed from it. I think an important aspect of this project is how both movements inspired other nations and other people to support the movement itself, but also look at their own situations and apply the same logic.

  • I think your topic is very interesting and explores themes that we have talked about in class. I think it would be helpful to a new student reading this anthology to be more specific when you use terminology such as “the movement within the movement” or when you mention other authors that you want to include who did the “same thing” as McKay and Yeats. What did Mckay and Yeats do? What is the movement within the movement? I think sharpening these intriguing ideas will help your introduction be more clear!

  •   Professor Seiler
    December 8th, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Kienan, what is the “movement within the movement?” Is it singular? Conceptual? Geographical? I don’t quite see your line of argument / editorial principles yet.

  • I was going to ask the same question as professor Seiler here. Moreover, you say that the movements moved outside of their regions of origin. What are those regions of origin? can you elaborate on that?

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