EN 914 Some American Renaissances (Spring: 3)

The American Renaissance is traditionally conceived as the first full flowering of American culture in the 1850s in the writing of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson. This course places those authors in juxtaposition to other "renaissances" occurring in the same period: in African-American writing, women's writing, and popular literature. Among the questions engaged will be the difference between "high literary" and "lower" types of writing, the effect of culture on literature and of literature on culture, and the roles of race, class, and gender.
James Wallace

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