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ENGL 7703 Melville and His Era (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course examines Melville's major fiction and poetry in the context of 19th-century social, political, and literary developments: "Young America," maritime reform, urban poverty, and popular fiction, as well as the colonial politics of American expansion and the Civil War. The basic approach in this class is informed by New Historicism, and criticism by a variety of cultural historians will be important. Corollary readings will include Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Maria Cummins' The Lamplighter, and Civil War poetry by Whitman and others. Work includes occasional reports and a research paper.


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13