ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This class will meet the American Literature requirement for English majors.
May not be repeated for credit.
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We will start with John Keats’ famous letter describing “negative capability” as the capacity for “being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” We will study negative capability as an philosophical as well as poetic approach to the reality of others and the material universe, and we will use the concept as a means of understanding a line of American writers from the 19th to the 20th centuries. Our readings will include selections from Melville, Margaret Fuller, Emerson, Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ralph Ellison, and T.S. Eliot. On occasion, we will glance at examples of visual art (e.g., architecture by Louis Kahn, sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, and furniture by George Nakashima) to amplify or extend certain of our critical notions. Class attendance and active participation in class discussion will be mandatory. There will be a short paper (3 pgs), a longer paper (8-10 pgs), quizzes, and a final exam.

ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
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101 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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