English 100

Junior Seminar: 19th-Century American Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
13 Fall 2006 Shoptaw, John
Shoptaw, John
TTh 12:30-2 221 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

E. Dickinson : The Poems of Emily Dickinson; W. Whitman: The Complete Poems; ed.W. Spengemann: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry


While concentrating on the poetry of Whitman and Dickinson, we will consider the full sweep of nineteenth-century American poetry. We will read poets better known for their prose�Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, and Melville�poets popular in their time�Longfellow, Whittier , Holmes, and forgotten precursors to Modernism. We will also consider the emerging women and African-American poets. We will read these, among other poets, in relation to American, English, and European literary history, American painting and music, and the cultural upheavals of Abolition and the Civil War.

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