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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 411 / AAS 413 (LA)   na, npdf

Major Author(s) - Mourning America: Emerson and Douglass

Eduardo L. Cadava

This course focuses on the literary and political writings of these two "representative men" of the 19th century. Suggesting that the promise of America has yet to be realized, they argue that democracy can be furthered through acts of writing. The course stages an encounter that may revise our understanding of both of these writers, especially in relation to issues of slavery, racism, and capital. Demonstrating that Douglass' strategies of writing have relays with Emerson's points to the political and historical character of Emerson's writings but also to the profoundly literary elements of Douglass' political writings.

Sample reading list:
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Antislavery Writings
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass, Selected Speeches and Writings
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-100 pages of reading per week. Although most of our time will be devoted to the close reading of writings by Emerson and Douglass, we also will be reading texts by, among others, Thomas Paine, Daniel Webster, and Theodore Parker, in order to contextualize our discussions, and to be better able to measure how these two writers address the most urgent social, historical, and political issues of their day.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
ENG Major Distribution Area: American Foundation and/or Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40488 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed