AMST 338
Literature of the American Renaissance Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 338 / AMST 338
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The 1840s and 50s are known as “the American Renaissance,” a watershed in American literary history which includes Thoreau’s Walden and Melville’s Moby-Dick, Emerson’s essays and Hawthorne’s fiction. It also includes major abolitionist writings by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Poe’s grotesque tales, and the groundbreaking poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. We will explore this essential period by inquiring into the ways these authors figure emotion, experience, and, identity, both personal and national. We will also consider the belief in the transformational power of language shared by the majority of our authors, and the strategies they developed in their efforts to call themselves and the nation into new forms of being.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3647
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, email responses to readings, two essays, and a 24-hour take home final examination
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English and American Studies majors
Unit Notes: meets 1700-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 338 Division I AMST 338 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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