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ENGL 3308 Diving into the Antebellum Archive (Fall: 1 )

Course Description

Every other week the group will read a short work of American literature online in the digital version of the magazine in which it originally appeared (for instance, an essay by Fuller or Thoreau in the Dial; a story by Poe in the Southern Literary Messenger, Stowe in the Atlantic, or Hawthorne in the Democratic Review; a poem by Longfellow in the Knickerbocker or by Sigourney in the Children’s Miscellany). In each of the following weeks, we will discuss forgotten, contemporaneous works that students find in the digital archive—works that deal with ideas, images, or characters that figured in the work read the week before. During the last 2 weeks of the term, students will research and write a 6-page course essay that follows the method of the seminar by reading a known literary text along with forgotten, contemporaneous works that dealt with similar matters.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Lewis

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17