Previous Courses



3000 Critical Practices and Processes in Literary Studies

4331 Shakespeare

4738 Poetry

While the 19th century American poetry may not begin with an “original idea” or distinctive “voice,” by its end, Dickinson, Emerson, Poe, and Whitman make substantive contributions to such self-definition.

Readings from The Library of America’s American Poetry: the Nineteenth
Century (College Edition) will include poems of Bryant, Dickinson, Emerson, Longfellow, Melville, Poe, Whitman, and others along with some of the most popular poems. Also we will read Emerson’s essay “The Poet,” Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” and “The Poetic Principle,” as well as Whitman’s Preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass.

Relying on close readings, class discussion will explicate these voices, looking to identify recurrent strategies and issues which may begin to offer a profile of an emerging distinctive national character.  Written work will include several reflections, two medium length papers, and a final overview of the course’s reading and discussion.  Class work will combine discussion with some lecture.

4755 Law and Literature

4765 Material Cultures

4810 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

4830 Africana Literatures

4997 Capstone - The Hero's Two Journeys






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