Sophomore Seminar: American Utopias in the 19th Century|
Spring 2012 not offered
This sophomore seminar will examine expressions, both religious and secular, of the utopian impulse in American culture. Communitarian experiments launched by Shakers, Mormons, transcendentalists, perfectionists, and feminists will be studied as manifestations of social and religious turmoil and will be compared with their literary analogues.
Effective Citizenship, Ethical Reasoning
This course's focus on the schemes designed by religious and secular reformers to create a more perfect society requires students to evaluate the moral and ethical arguments made for creating a new social order.
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Edward Bellamy, LOOKING BACKWARD
John Brooke, THE REFINER'S FIRE
Nathniel Hawthorne, THE BLITHEDALE ROMANCE
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, HERLAND
Dolores Hayden, THE GRAND DOMESTIC REVOLUTION
Stephen Stein, THE SHAKER EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA
Spencer Klaw, Without Sin
James Gilbert, Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893
Carol Kolmerten, Women in Utopia
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Weekly response papers, a class presentation and a substantial research paper will be required of each student. Participation in discussion will be reflected in the final grade.
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