AMST 338
Literature of the American Renaissance
Last Offered Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 337 / ENGL 338 / AMST 338
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The decades leading up to the Civil War have often been described as the “American Renaissance” because of the breathtaking explosion of literary achievements in that period (including Walden; Moby-Dick; The Scarlet Letter; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; and the groundbreaking poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson). For the first time, American writers were broadly the equal or more of their European counterparts. We will explore the distinctive character of this achievement, paying close attention to the transformational power of language, and the promises it offered to refigure personal and political identity in a time when the American experiment approached the brink of collapse.
The Class: Format: seminar; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3756
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: in addition to actively participating in class, students will be required to submit very short reading entries on Glow, and to write two comparative essays (of 8 and 12 pages).
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; Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 337 Division I ENGL 338 Division I AMST 338 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
ENGL Literary Histories B

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