American Literature and Politics in the 1850s|
Spring 2007 not offered
The course examines the relationship between literature and political expression during the decade of political controversy leading up to the Civil War. We will read political speeches and works of social analysis from the period, as well as fiction and poetry. Students will also do research on newspapers and magazines, using the microform resources of Olin Library.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [ENGL203 or AMST155] OR [HIST235 or AMST236] OR [AMST200 or LAST200]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Potter, IMPENDING CONFLICT;
Reynolds, BENEATH THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE; Compromise of 1850 (casebook); Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Hawthorne, SCARLET LETTER;
Melville, MOBY-DICK and BENITO CERENO;
Stowe, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN;
Eastman, AUNT PHILLIS' CABIN;
Walker, WAR IN NICARAGUA;
Whitman, LEAVES OF GRASS;
Gilpin, MISSION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN PEOPLE;
Essays by Emerson, Thoreau, Parker, John Brown, George Fitzhugh and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm paper, 5 pp.; one oral presentation to the seminar; 15 pp. final paper (critical or research).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is intended for advanced students, who are interested in the connections between literature and history, and are prepared to spend time in the reserve room reading old, dusty books.
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