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ENGL 8812 New England Literary Culture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Explores the development of a regional literary culture, beginning with the Puritan migrations of the 1620s and '30s and ending with the diminishing of New England's influence after the Civil War. Puritan backgrounds and the mythology of the "Pilgrim fathers"; Puritan origins of "the American self" and the Jeremiad tradition; Native Americans and the development of captivity narrative; witchcraft; family and politics; the cult of domesticity and the sentimental novel; the American Renaissance; slavery, abolition, and women's rights. Readings include William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, John and Abigail Adams, Fanny Fern, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.


Instructor(s): James Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 29-Jan-15