ENG 321 Pre-Civil War American Literature
Content: American literature in the decades preceding the Civil War. Texts include transcendentalist essays (Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau); adventure, romance, and protest novels (Hawthorne, Poe, Sedgwick, Stowe); short stories (Davis, Melville); poems (Dickinson, Whitman); and a slave narrative (Douglass). Topics include literary contributions to contemporary debates over religion, national expansion, national identity, slavery, and the rise of women and labor; the influence on those contributions of Puritanism and other early-American ideologies in combination with British Romanticism and 18th- and 19th-century philosophy; variant literary articulations of concepts that remain current in American discourse (the individual, freedom, law, the family, opportunity, happiness).
Restrictions: Junior standing required.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.