School of English and Drama

The Invention of America: American Literature, 1630 to 1865

Module code: ESH277A

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 1: Thursday 3 pm - 4 pm

Contact: To Be Confirmed
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module surveys a rich array of American literature from the seventeenth century to c. 1865; in doing so, it traces American social, cultural and intellectual history from the earliest colonial settlements to the Civil War. Issues to be addressed include the nature of religious belief in the colonial period; attitudes towards Native American amongst colonialists; early environmentalist consciousness; `Republican┬┐ or `patriotic┬┐ sexuality; slavery and ideas of `race.' Authors to be studied include Cooper, Emerson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Jacobs, Whitman, and Dickinson.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5