The "American Renaissance," a period of tremendous literary activity that took place in America between the 1830s and 1860s, represents the cultivation of a distinctively American literature. This course looks at what it was in American culture and society that led to the dramatic outburst of literary creativity in this era. The student will explore some of the period's most famous works, which helped to define the emerging American identity. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (English Literature 405)
American Literature, American Renaissance, Romanticism, Thoreau, Melville, Transcendentalism, Whitman, Abolitionism, Dickinson, Hawthorne, Emerson
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