ENGH 341: Literature of the American Renaissance

ENGH 341-001: Lit of Amer Renaissance
(Spring 2023)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Peterson Hall 1111

Section Information for Spring 2023

Between 1830 and 1860 authors in the United States sought to create a distinctly “American” literature, clearly distinguishable from its European roots.  This was also a period of active social and political change; Americans debated how to respond to issues including slavery, existing religious traditions, the degradation of the environment, and labor conditions, and how to talk about the past in light of these contemporary questions.  Most course readings will be shorter works that circulated in the very active periodical press of the era. We will also read several major works, including Thoreau’s Walden and Douglass’ Narrative, in full, and students will complete an individual project on a text of their choosing. 


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major writers of American Renaissance (1830-1865), with emphasis on Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Poe, Stowe, Douglass, and Dickinson. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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