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Problems in Cultural Interpretation

The image of early “America” as a pastoral garden in the wilderness has proven durable yet, given developments in environmental science, history, and ecocriticism – complicated and difficult to sustain….

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Major Authors

This class studies three major works by two classic novelists of the English language.  It focuses on a critical decade in the history of the novel: 1870-1880. We’ll begin with…

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Studies in Poetry

Late in his middle age, unmarried and childless, Walt Whitman was dismayed to hear that rumors were circulating about his sexuality. In response, he encouraged his friends to spread a…

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The American Novel

In this course we will read novels that try to think about storytelling in terms of collective as opposed to individual striving. What do novels that try to veer away…

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