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ENGL 4407 The American Renaissance: Natural Canons and Popular Culture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

American literature flourished in the two decades before the Civil War. Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and other writers produced some of their most important work during this time. In addition, cheap (often scandalous) magazines, popular theater, dime novels and photography also flourished. This course will examine the relationship among literary masterpieces, including Melville’s Moby-Dick and Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and the popular culture and entertainment of nineteenth-century America. Students will have the opportunity to do digital and archival research as we explore the connections and contrasts of the “high” and “low” culture of the era.


Instructor(s): Adam Lewis

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills Pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 16-May-16