Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)Professor Wai Chee Dimock discusses Hemingway's first book In Our Time, a collection of vignettes published in 1925 that launched Hemingway's career as a leading American modernist. Professor Dimock examines a cluster of three vignettes from In Our Time to show how Hemingway's laconic style naturalizes problems of pain and violence amidst the ethnic tensions of the American Midwest. Drawing on the ...more
Three main features that Tocqueville regarded as central to American democracy are discussed: the importance of local government, the concept of "civil association," and "the spirit of religion." The book is not simply a celebration of the democratic experience in America; Tocqueville is deeply worried about the potential of a democratic tyranny.
One year after the start of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the editor of the American Economic Review: Macroeconomics claimed that "the state of macro [theory] is good". How could be be so deluded? Macroeconomics has been distorted by appalling scholarship and a misguided belief that macroeconomics and microeconomics should be consistent. The best critics of this, ironically, are given by the authors most responsi...more
Professor Freeman discusses colonial attempts to unite before the 1760s and the ways in which regional distrust and localism complicated matters. American colonists joined together in union three times before the 1760s. Two of these attempts were inspired by the necessity of self-defense; the third attempt was instigated by the British as a means of asserting British control over the colonies.
Featuring discussions of the transition from Neoclassicism to Romanticism; Alexander Pope's "Windsor-Forest"; pastoralism; the graveyard school; fancy and imagination; Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"; Wordsworth's preface to Lyrical Ballads; William Cullen Bryant; and the Doppelgänger.
Featuring discussions of Puritan poetry; The Bay Psalm Book; English metaphysical poetry, including John Donne, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw; Samuel Johnson on Wit; intertextuality; paratext; Michael Wigglesworth; Anne Bradstreet; and Edward Taylor.
Featuring discussions of the Copyright Act of 1790 and the marketplace for books; literature of virtue; Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and the English Gothic Novel; Edmund Burke; Samuel Richardson; and Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly.
Featuring discussions of Melville's Moby-Dick, as well as John William De Forest and the idea of the Great American Novel; cosmopolitanism and deliberative democracy; Raymond Williams; the horizon of expectations; the Melville Revival; and Zoroastrianism.
Featuring discussions of typology; John Calvin; Arminianism; materialism and idealism; phenomenal vs. noumenal; Puritan "plain style"; the form of the Puritan sermons; the Great Migration; William Bradford; and John Winthrop.
Megan Marshall believes it is the duty of the researcher to go and find what is actually out there beyond the Internet waiting to be discovered. Marshall is an award-winning American biographer and author. Part 4 of 8.
Featuring discussions of oral vs. written literary cultures; Native American creation stories; typological hermeneutics; the covenants of works and grace; original sin; John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion; the Synod of Dort; and TULIP.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)Professor Wai Chee Dimock concludes her discussion of As I Lay Dying with an analysis of its generic form. Using Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlett Letter to anchor her discussion of the American literary tradition, she argues that As I Lay Dying continually negotiates the comic and the tragic genres as we shift from one perspective to another: one character's comic gain is often another's tragic l...more