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ENGL 4400 Colonial American Literature and Culture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Literary and cultural forms of the Anglo-American settlements before the American Revolution. Central are the distinctive contributions of Puritan culture to the creation of an "American self" and a sense of national identity. Puritan histories, biographies, poetry and sermons make up much of the reading; we will study daily life at Plymouth Plantation, Ann Hutchinson, Merry Mount, Indian captivities, Salem witchcraft, and the religious revival of the 18th century. The goal of the course is to understand the forces that led to the Revolution and that entered into and still is a part of what it means to be "American."


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement.


Last Updated: 07-Dec-13