ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Literature in the Revolutionary Era
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In this class, we will examine the revolutionary moment as a cultural phenomenon. We will study literary texts variously addressing, among other things, the right of revolution, early ideas of American nationhood and citizenship, the French Revolution, slavery, the framing of the US Constitution, and conflicts with 'other' groups, such as Indian tribes. The class will be structured in a three-part fashion: we'll try to get a sense of what the British American colony was like before the Revolution, what happened during the Revolution, and what the early American republic was like after independence was established. To this end, we'll read a wide array of materials, novels, poems, sermons, speeches, political tracts, and philosophical texts. Also, we will look at and consider how such things as paintings, furniture, and everyday household items may be expressive of revolutionary era thinking.

Course Requirements:

There will be regular reading quizzes, two short papers, and a final exam. Class attendance and participation will be required.

Intended Audience:

Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Asynchronous and Online

Lectures: Synchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous and Online


ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
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001 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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