Jan 21, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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ENGL 328 - Literature of the American Renaissance

Semester Offered: Spring
1 1 unit(s)
In-depth study of major works by American writers of the mid-nineteenth century. Authors may include: Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Fuller, Stowe, Delany, Wilson, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. In addition to placing the works in historical and cultural context, focusing on the role of such institutions as slavery and such social movements as transcendentalism, the course also examines the notion of the American Renaissance itself. 

Topic for 2020/21b: American Renaissance. The 1840s and 1850s have often been seen as a period of extraordinary literary and intellectual flourishing in the United States; it was also a period marked by extraordinary political, social, and racial tensions which culminated in the Civil War. In this class we explore some of the literature of this period with particular attention to ways in which writers both engaged with and evaded the urgencies of their historical moment by looking at questions of individuality and self-reliance, nationality and citizenship, and freedom and fugitivity. Authors include: Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Douglass, Poe, Hawthorne, Stowe, Northup, Brown, Melville, Wilson and Whitman. Zachary Roberts.

One 2-hour period.

Course Format: CLS



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