Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
An American writer was, in the early nineteenth century, an evolving concept, and the literature produced in that period reflects both attraction and resistance to the ideas of national identity and individual voice. This course will approach questions of identity and voice as literary concerns marked by political, philosophical, and technological contexts. Authors will include Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman, as well as Poe, Douglass, and Dickinson.
Book order will be placed at Off-Campus Books and the on-campus bookstore.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Rigorous reading of assigned texts; weekly brief writing assignments; midterm essay exam; final essay exam.