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UGRD > ENGL > 483

Origins of U.S. Literature: Declaring Independence

A survey of U.S. literature of the early national period (1776-1865) in light of enduring American ideals of rebellion, mobility, and flight. Readings and assignments will illuminate the problems of articulating an American national character out of the paradoxes of slavery and freedom, the simultaneous development of anti-institutional and imperialist impulses, and the convergence of individual and communal pursuits of happiness.

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