ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Frontiers and Borderlands
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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In 1776, people living in the vast region west of the Allegheny Mountains, including Michigan, had little reason to think the colonial insurrection on the East Coast affected them. Yet many would wake up one day to find that they live in the new United States of America. What did they think of this “empire of liberty,” as Thomas Jefferson called it? What was America to border-crossers and people crossed by US borders in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries? This course views the advancing US borders through the literature of the margins: from memoirs of removal at the hands of settlers from Pennsylvania and Ohio to the poetry of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, the first Native American to write in English, to Mari´a Ruiz de Burton, who watched her home in California become part of the United States. Along the way, we will read works by familiar American authors like Washington Irving and James Fennimore Cooper in a new light, unearthing the anxieties and uncertainties of unstable boundaries, and the latent possibilities for coexistence they evoke. Assignments include a close analysis of a map, an argument based on the circulation and reception of a text, and a comparative analysis of two texts separated by time.


ENGLISH 470 - Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
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001 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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