English 100

Junior Seminar: 19th-Century American Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Spring 2009 Shoptaw, John
Shoptaw, John
TTh 12:30-2 283 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

Walt Whitman, Selected Poems, 1855-1892; Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson:  Reading Edition; Whitman's & Dickinson's Contemporaries, ed. Robert Bain;  Course reader (available at Krishna Copy)


Proceeding historically, we will survey the poetry of the entire century.  We will focus on central poets now (Whitman, Dickinson) and then (e.g., Longfellow, Whittier, Lowell, Emerson).  We will also read several largely forgotten poets (Sigourney, Very, Crane).  We will consider their poetics advanced implicitly or explicitly, and we will become proficient in 19th-century poetic forms.  Special attention will be paid to the emergence of women and African-American poets.  We will read all these poets in relation to American and English literarature; to American painting and music; and to American history, especially the cultural upheavals of Indian Removal, Abolition, and the Civil War, and industrial and technological changes  

The seminar requirement for the English major may be satisfied by any ONE of the following:  English 100, 150, 150AC, or H195A-B.

Be sure to read the paragraph on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in English 100!

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