AMST 338
The American Renaissance Fall 2017
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 338 / ENGL 338
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“The American Renaissance” is the name given to US literature from 1830-1860. The explosive cultural energy of this period resulted from a multitude of ideas, practices and formations: the unprecedented spread of empire under the banner of “manifest destiny”; the formation of the white middle class; the consolidation of pro- and anti-slavery political factions; religious and spiritual experimentation; new, contested definitions of self, work, race, class and gender; and the looming Civil War. In short, a historical moment not unlike our own. If you want to understand contemporary American culture, the mid-19th century provides an uncanny key. We will read works by Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Jacobs, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Melville, and a host of lesser known writers. We will also make constant reference to contemporary American literature, music, and art.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1860
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 papers totaling about 15 pages, class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on he Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors, American Studies majors
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:
AMST 338 Division II ENGL 338 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories B

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