American Literature from 1789 to 1900

Course Number: ENGL 103A
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 103A
Quarter: Winter 2014
Instructor: Gilmore, Timothy
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: NH 1109

The history of 19th-century American literature is a story of a nation’s struggle to find its own voice and establish its own distinctive literature in the wake of separation from England. The course will be a survey of significant writers in this story whose work carved new terrain and established the foundations of what has become a distinctively American literary tradition. We will read work by authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry James.