ENGLISH 471 - Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Fall 2022, Section 001 - From Romance to Realism: Nineteenth-Century American Key Texts
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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The course will survey the classics of American literature to the extent possible within one semester. We shall read a wide variety of authors to discover not just the timeliness of their remarkable innovations and imaginative transgression but the timelessness of their moral courage and wisdom. Questions about the role of literature in a democracy, the meaning of spiritual faith in an era of declining faith, the possibility of imagining radical change amid conditions of radical inequality, and the redemptive sanity of the natural world shall be some of the central issues we shall explore. Authors to be considered shall include Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain, among others.

The class will be conducted primarily through discussion, with some occasional lecturing to establish lines of influence and to outline notable trends.


Major Requirement: American Literature and Pre-1900 

Course Requirements:

Written requirements consist of three essays, 5 to 7 pages each, and a final exam.


ENGLISH 471 - Nineteenth-Century American Literature
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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