An advanced study of US poetry, fiction and non-fiction produced between 1820 and 1875. The course will trace the influence on the American imagination of British Romanticism and American Transcendentalism and also chart the rise of a distinctly American literary tradition. Course discussion will also address the political, historical, and cultural forces that shaped the writing of the period, as well as consider the lingering effects of Puritanism and Enlightenment philosophy. Authors may include Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Hawthorne, Douglass, Whitman, Dickinson, and Stowe.
Prerequisite: Any 190 or 200 level literature course or permission from instructor.