ENGL 897 (M01) - Special Studies in Literature

Special Studies in Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   5  
CRN: 14604
A) Old English Literature; B) Medieval Literature; C) 16th Century; D) 17th Century; E) 18th Century; F) English Romantic Period; G) Victorian Period; H) 20th Century; I) Drama; J) Novel; K) Poetry; L) Nonfiction; M) American Literature; N) A Literary Problem; O) Literature of the Renaissance. The precise topics and methods of each section vary. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. For details, see the course descriptions available in the English department.
Section Comments: Special Topic: American Lit 1815-1865
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Cross listed with : ENGL 742.01
Instructors: Brigitte Bailey

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 MW 1:10pm - 2:30pm HS 250C
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2023 Detailed Description: American Literature 1815-1865

Antebellum writers tried to shape the nation through their texts, as they expressed the struggles over power and identity that led to the Civil War—and that continue to define U.S. discourses today. We encounter the genres—novels, oratory, poetry, appeals, slave narratives, essays, and nature writing—that authors used to grapple with slavery, social reform, environmental transformation, and aesthetics. Writers include William Apess (Pequot), Margaret Fuller, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Stoddard, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Harriet Wilson, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. We’ll consider critical debates on antebellum literature by reading selected scholarly essays, and we’ll dip into antebellum visual culture, too. This course emphasizes research; students develop their interpretations of what we read by building on the criticism and cultural history about the period.


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