English 203

Graduate Readings: American Transcendentalism and American Pragmatism

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2008 Breitwieser, Mitchell
MW 12:30-2 305 Wheeler Graduate Courses

Book List
Jonathan Edwards, A Jonathan Edwards Reader (Yale); Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography (Penguin); Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Penguin); Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Essays (Penguin); Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin); Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Penguin); William James, The Writings of William James. (University of Chicago Press)

We will study the (mostly) productive tension between consolidating and dispersing impulses in American philosophical literature. Most of the discussion time will be spent on close reading, but members of the class will on occasion present secondary critical materials they have found instructive. Two ten-page essays will be required, one about halfway through, the other at the end.

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Spring, 2015
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203/1 Graduate Readings: Erotic Renaissance Turner, James Grantham
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203/3 Graduate Readings: Judgment in Early Medieval Literature Thornbury, Emily V.
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Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
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