American Utopias in the 19th Century|
Fall 2017 not offered
HIST 330, RELI 330|
This seminar will examine expressions, both religious and secular, of the utopian impulse in 19th-century American culture. Communitarian experiments launched by Shakers, transcendentalists, perfectionists, and feminists will be studied as manifestations of social and religious turmoil and will be compared with their literary analogues. Utopianism as a philosophical, literary, and literal approach to solving social problems and constructing a more perfect nation-state has been a persistent and recurrent feature in American history. This seminar explores precursors in the long 19th century to more recent utopian theory and experimentation.
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Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward (available on-line)
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, A Socialist Utopia in the New South
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (available on-line)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance (available on-line)
Paul Ivey, Radiance from Halcyon
Spencer Klaw, Without Sin
Donald Pitzer, America's Communal Utopias
Stephen Stein, The Shaker Experience in America
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly respnse 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.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the pre-1900 requirement for the American Studies major and may be used to meet the AMST senior capstone requirement.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirements for the Religion major.
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