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LIT-315 Topics in American Romanticism Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in American Romanticism (3) Topics vary by section. American Romantic authors of the antebellum period reflected the effects of slavery, constraints on women, and materialism on the nation, and looked for the realization of a new age. Writers studied include Whitman, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Stowe, Poe, Sedgewick, Fuller, Douglass, and Jacobs. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Representing Slavery
Representing Slavery (3) This course explores how various authors represented slavery before the Civil War. It considers abolitionist strategies as well as proslavery rationalizations, seeking to understand the role of literature in both perpetuating and undermining the ideologies underlying slavery. The class contrasts white and black representations and contextualizes its analysis with readings from law, history, and journalism. Authors include Wheatley, Jefferson, Stowe, Walker, Douglass, Jacobs, Hentz, Fitzhugh, Eastman, Whitman, and Lincoln.