UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

AML 5505: American Romanticism--In Search of Sublimity       

 

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e-text = primary text (located either within this or an outside website) that you should print out

Prof's Stuff = my study questions, summary sheets, etc.

Web Links = selected links for the cultural periods or authors/texts the class is reading; you do not need to print these out

 

Internet surfing snafus will occur; so please read, download, & print handouts or readings sufficiently ahead of time!

 

    Prof's Stuff Web Links

             

 

 

 

Class 1: June 26

Course Introduction: What is (American) Romanticism?
Film: Last of the Mohicans

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ANTI-BOURGEOIS VISIONS: EMERSON,  MELVILLE, & IRVING

 

 

Class 2: July 1

Emerson: "The American Scholar" (e-text) and excerpts from "Nature" (e-text), "The Oversoul" (e-text), &  Journal (e-text)
Melville: "Bartleby, the Scrivener" 
Irving: "Rip Van Winkle" (e-text)

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RE-THINKING GENDER: FULLER & HAWTHORNE

 

 

Class 3: July 3

Fuller: Women in the 19th-Century (e-text)
Hawthorne: The Blithedale Romance and Norton edition materials: N. Hawthorne
Letters & Journals, 231-240; Howe essay, 288-96; Baym essay, 351-67; Crews essay, 373-379)

Essay-Writing Tips 

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GOTHIC INTERIORITY: POE

 

 

Class 4: July 8

Poe: "The Veil of the Soul," "To Helen," "Annabel Lee," "The Poetic Principle,"  "The Oval Portrait" (e-texts), "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart," & "The Black Cat"

Choose author/text for paper

 

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Class 5: July 10

Poe:  "The Purloined Letter," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "Manuscript Found in a Bottle," & Narrative of  A. Gordon Pym
Email me focus/topic of paper

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AMERICAN ECSTASY & EMPATHY, OR, SINGING THE BODY ELECTRIC: WHITMAN

 

 

Class 6: July 15

Whitman:  "Song of Myself" and "A Backward Glass..." (prose)
Criticism: 845-889

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Class 7: July 17

Whitman: Calamus poems--"In Paths Untrodden," "Whoever You are Holding Me Now in Hand," "For You O Democracy," "Trickle Drops," "City of Orgies," "I Hear it was Charged against Me," "Here the Frailest Leaves of Me," "A Glimpse," "I Dream'd in a Dream," "Among the Multitude"


"The Wound-Dresser" and "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life"

Review of paper writing/research/theory

 

 

 

IMMENSITY WITHIN: DICKINSON

 

 

Class 8: July 22

Dickinson: Letters (handout)

Dickinson: Poems (handout)

# 61, 67, 125, 130, 985
# 315, 338, 1545
# 214, 986
# 288, 435, 593, 632, 1129
# 187, 211, 303, 520, 732
# 241, 258, 280, 341, 465, 547

Go (Please read these lecture notes before class, so we can jump right into your close readings/ interpretations) 

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THE NOBLE SAVAGE, OR, THE RETREAT INTO NATURE 

 

 

Class 9: July 24

Class will choose to read either Thoreau or Cooper

 

Thoreau, Walden: use any complete, modern edition (we will emphasize beginning/ending of Economy, Where I Lived, Sounds, Solitude, The Ponds, Baker Farm, Higher Laws, House-Warming, Former Inhabitants [story of burned-down house], The Pond in Winter, Spring, & Conclusion)       

                                   

Oral Report Instructions are here

 

Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans (skip/skim 136-165m, 212-266m, 299-326)
 

Go (my undergraduate teaching notes on Thoreau)

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Go (brief Thoreau biography) 


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Email me by Friday Nov. 15 a draft of your paper

   

Class 10: July 29

Melville: Typee
 



 

 

Class 11: July 31

Melville: Benito Cereno
Reports



 

 

 

THE WHALE

 

 

Class 12: Aug 5

Melville: Moby-Dick: i-xv and Chapters 1-22, 26-32, 35-39, 41-42, 44, 46-52, 55, 58-61, and criticism
Reports

Go (my schematic outline to MD)

 

Class 13: Aug 7

Moby-Dick: Chapters 66, 76-79, 81-83, 86-87, 91-96,  99-100, 104, 106-119, 124-epilogue, and criticism
Reports
Submit hard copy and disk/email copy of paper

 

 

No Final