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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2018

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    ENG 241LEC - American Writers 1
    American Writers 1 ST1 Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23259   Enrollment Capacity:   30
    Section:   ST1   Enrollment Total:   12
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   18
    Dates:   01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   M W F , 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
    Room:   Talbrt 111 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
      Course Description
    Literature of the United States, from colonial contact to the Civil War. For example: Prof. K. Dauber, The New World and the Meaning of America This course will follow the trajectory of the literature as it works to come to terms with experience in the new world and as it broods over the meaning of being American, the truth-value of literature, and the opportunities and perils of democratic writing. Writers will include Benjamin Franklin (inventor of the "autobiography"), Cooper (inventor of the Western), Poe (inventor of the mystery story), Stowe (author of perhaps the most influential political novel every written), and such giants as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville. For example: C. Coley, Democracy and the Individual From Tom Paine's revolutionary call for Common Sense to Emerson's reformist principle of Self-Reliance, American writers have long attempted to reconcile those democratic ideals that uphold the freedom of the community (such as equality, national security, national welfare) with those that provide the individual freedom from the community (civil rights, privacy laws, private property). This course will explore the early American literary tradition from the colonial period to the Civil War by studying those authors, texts, and literary genres that have most thoroughly examined this often-conflicting relation between the individual and the national community. By the end of the semester, you will have a good understanding of the major literary, political, and cultural debates that preoccupied the American literary tradition from the 17th to the mid-19th century, as well as how literature as a cultural practice helped to influence these debates, beginning with the Puritas and proceeding through Franklin, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, and Rebecca Harding Davis, among other authors. For example: A. Siehnel, The American Frontier Nationalistic narratives are common to our understanding of the United States, yet the birth and early growth of the nation hardly resulted in an increased unification among American communities. Instead, division was sustained in national practice up until the formal split of the union caused by the Montgomery Convention, just one hundred years after the American Revolution. Through reading early American letters and literature, this course surveys how constitutional differences might be linked by analyzing our understanding of settling and settled American landscapes. We will focus on how new experiences of America's frontier are recorded by a variety of different people (including Euro-American, Native American, and enslaved American writers), and we will consider the ways in which ideas of frontier inspire fear or curiosity. Additionally, we will reflect on literary forms and genres, including the travel narrative, the slave narrative, the essay, the short story, the novel, and the poem.
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