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American Romanticism

Primary focus on the major authors of the "American Renaissance" (roughly 1840-1860), with some attention to their antecedents (earlier writers such as Irving and Cooper). Familiarity with famous works such as The Scarlet Letter and Walden will be assumed at the outset, and such texts will be considered from the perspectives provided by other, less-well-known works by the same authors. An attempt will be made to examine the interconnections between these writers, many of whom knew each other personally, and all of them publishing within a very brief period.

Pre Requisites: Pre-req = Graduate students in ENGL only

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