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Nineteenth Century American Literature

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2014 -> 2014

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This 3rd year BA class will introduce students to some of the major authors and issues of 19th century American literature, especially from the mid-century period that used to be called the American Renaissance. This course will examine some of the canonical writers associated with this term (Emerson, Thoreau, Melville) but also include African American and women writers who have come to be regarded as equally important in recent decades, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The period we will focus on is defined in many ways by the existence of slavery in the Southern part of the United States, and the abolitionist struggle leading up to the Civil War in the 1860s. Other authors will include Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.


Final written assignment of 3000 words, group discussion.


All readings will be available on Moodle -- except for Herman Melville's Billy Budd, avalailable at Basta!

Exigences du cursus d'études

Students must have successfully passed at least one explication de texte course before starting this seminar.

Informations supplémentaires


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