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The American Renaissance

Classic Literature of the 19th Century

What is the American Renaissance? How did Dartmouth help foster the formation of the American Renaissance and its reevaluation and reinvention in the twentieth? Why should we, as twenty-first century readers, concern ourselves with this literature?

Join a hybrid community of learners, both online and in residence at Dartmouth College, as we discover how to discern the historical turning points involved in the production and transmission of American Renaissance writings. We will conceptualize the role historical and affective turning points continue to play in the selection, interpretation and valuation of these writings.

Together we will propose continuities and discontinuities between these historical literary works and the present. Along the way we will construct global and temporal mappings between a set of seemingly disparate locations, myths, and traditions.

Join us in a discussion of the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain as we explore literary, political and historical context, their desire to create a distinctively national literature, and the ongoing controversy over the local, national, and transnational significance of this literature.

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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Feb 16 (166 weeks ago)
Cost $50
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Instructors Donald E. Pease, James E. Dobson, Michael Goudzwaard, Erin DeSilva, R. Michael Murray, Sawyer Broadley, Laura Braunstein
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Language English
Subjects Humanities
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Fascinating set of classic American books by important authors (Stowe, Twain, and Douglass among my favorites).

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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts Feb 16 (166 weeks ago)
Cost $50
From Dartmouth College, DartmouthX via edX
Instructors Donald E. Pease, James E. Dobson, Michael Goudzwaard, Erin DeSilva, R. Michael Murray, Sawyer Broadley, Laura Braunstein
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities
Tags Humanities Literature

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