Spring 2012

American Renaissance

Listed in: English, as ENGL-150

Formerly listed as: ENGL-01


Allen Guttmann (Section 01)


A study of what might be referred to as “classical American literature” or “The Age of Emerson.” The writers studied will be Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. Among the central questions asked are these: How successful were these writers in their efforts to create a distinctively American language and literature? What was their view of nature and of human nature? How did they dramatize social conflict? In what ways did they affirm or challenge traditional conceptions of gender? The course will pay close attention to the interactions of these writers with one another and will give particular emphasis to Emerson as the figure with whom the others had to come to terms.

Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Guttmann.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to first-year students and sophomores.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012