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University of the South - Sewanee



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Advent Semester—2022
Aug 16, 2022
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ENGL 377 - American Literature, Beginnings to 1855
Many people know one sentence from early American literature: Puritan leader John Winthrop’s 1630 claim that “we shall be as a City on a Hill.” Often misinterpreted as a promise of inevitable national success, these words were actually a warning that America’s redemptive promises carried the risk of disastrous and conspicuous failure. This course traces the efforts of English-language writers to respond to both the promises and the failures of the tiny colonial settlements that became the United States. Authors studied include Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman.
4.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Final Examination, Lecture/Seminar

Humanities, Non-Languages Division
English Department

Course Attributes:
American Studies

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