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ENGL 4918 Advanced Topic Seminar: Literary Boston (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Walk the streets of Old Boston in this course that explores familiar and forgotten chapters of literary history. Spend a night at the Federal Street Theatre during the 1790s. Search early Boston magazines for forgotten treasures. Meet the poet buried on Boston Common. Find out why Edgar Allan Poe called members of the Boston literati “Frog-Pondians.” And watch the American Renaissance flower. Authors studied will include Judith Sargent Murray, Lydia Maria Child, Charles Sprague, David Walker, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Poe—Bostonians all! Visits to literary sites and explorations of archival materials will help transport us back in time. In connection with their term essays, students will do research for an exhibition on literary Boston that will run at the Burns Library in the autumn of 2015.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Lewis

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 13-Nov-15