Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Periods in Literature: American Romanticism

Instructor: Mika Elovaara

This is a reading-intensive course that examines the major American writers from 1820 to 1865, whose works form a significant proportion of a literary period known as the American Renaissance. Ranging from the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the fiction of Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the nonfiction of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, we will study the assigned texts from a variety of perspectives, including historical context and possible autobiographical elements. As a continuing thread throughout the semester, the students should consider what, if any, continuing relevance does literature from the time period of American Romanticism have in the 21st century. Characteristically to a survey course, we will examine the works of several major authors during the semester.

Last Update: February 14, 2011