Featuring discussions of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories; American romance; allegory; dream-visions; Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene; and John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
Featuring discussions of Emerson, Whitman, and slavery; the Wilmot Proviso; Henry Clay, John Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore; the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Law; and Lemuel Shaw.
Featuring discussions of Ralph Waldo Emerson; ontological individualism and the state of nature; Alexis de Tocqueville; Immanuel Kant; philosophical idealism; Unitarianism; Transcendentalism; Lockean psychology; and Neo-Platonism.
Featuring discussions of Augustan and neoclassical poetic style; John Dryden; Alexander Pope; Samuel Johnson; Aristotle's Poetics; mimesis; Francis Scott Key's "Defense of Fort McHenry"; Phillis Wheatley.
Featuring discussions of copyright law and the profession of authorship; Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly; Philip Freneau's "To a New England Poet"; Washington Irving's History of New York, "Rip Van Winkle," and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Featuring discussions of cosmopolitanism and deliberative democracy; Raymond Williams's model of dominant, residual, and emergent cultures; Puritanism and Jeffersonianism; the horizon of expectations and the aesthetics of reception; canonization; ideology; and American Exceptionalism.
Featuring discussions of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress; perfectionism; Deism; Benjamin Franklin; errata; Thomas Jefferson; syllogisms; John Locke; and the Declaration of Independence.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner (AMST 246)Professor Dimock introduces the class to the works of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner, the premiere writers of American modernism. She orients their novels along three "scales" of interpretation: global geopolitics, experimental narration, and sensory detail. Invoking the writings of critic Paul Fussell, she argues that all three writers are united by a preoccupati...more