Course Details

050:227:01 - 19th Century American Literature and Culture

  • Course ID: 050:227:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Backes
  • Instructor (Core Faculty): Backes, Matt
  • SAS Core Curriculum Goals: AHp

Explores 19th-century American literature and culture: the struggle for cultural authority in the early republic, the emergence of middle class domesticity and sentimentalism, the search for a distinct American literature, race and the problem of slavery, the rise of industrialism, American Romanticism, Gothic, and social realism, and the emergence of a cultural hierarchy. Literary productions from canonical novels to journalism and poetry as well as cultural texts in the form of songs, paintings, sculpture, theater, and vaudeville. Examine popular and public culture, such as engagement with sport, leisure activities, and museums.