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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 3701  American Literature: 1800 to Mid-19th Century

English 3701 Section 001       CRN 31621
American Literature: 1800 to Mid-19th Century     1000-1050 MWF

After the American Revolution, American writers were called upon to craft a distinctly national literature – an American literature.  In response to that call, American Romantics adapted European conventions of Romanticism (e.g., noble savage, sublime nature, meditative contemplation, gothic horror) to the American scene. In addition, the writers developed characters and patterns that became archetypal: the self-reliant nonconformist, the heroic frontiersman and his native companions, the optimistic celebrant of democratic equality and national identity. The writers also addressed important social issues related to race, gender, economics, and law. During the course we’ll study works by such writers as Cooper, Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Fuller, Melville, and Whitman.  Requirements include six written responses (400-500 words each) related to class reading and discussion, a critical essay (8-10 pages), and a final examination.  (Group 3B)