From Mark Twain to T.S. Eliot, a survey of authors commenting on the American North, South, and West from Reconstruction to WWI.
ENGL 361: American Literature, Civil War to WW1
Instructor: Amanda Johnson
ENGL 361 tracks the romantic and realist strands of American literature 1860- 917, a period when Southern Reconstruction, the “Closing of the West,” and U.S. urbanization inspired both awe and disgust. In this era, American intellectuals of color offered progressive visions of empowerment that contrasted with regressive romances of white nostalgia. The popularity of Freud and other social scientists, furthermore, helped authors depict “realistic” novel characters, and posited the irrational nature of human psychological fantasies. By reading war poetry, novels, literary criticism, and other nonfiction texts, we study how realism and romance compete and collaborate with each other in the literature that emerges at the onset of American modernity.
This course meets the PRE-1900 REQUISITE for ALL ENGLISH MAJORS
This course meets the LITERATURE & LITERARY HISTORY specialization for the NEW ENGLISH MAJOR
This course is approved for group 1 distribution credit (D1 approved)