The American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century

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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, Ha...

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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This course is a calamity. THe commentary is fraught with factual errors and interpretive nonsense. AT times, one is moved to scream at the screen. Hester seeks to change the patriarchal order represented by the Salem witch trials? Inconveniently, the witches were denounced by young women. The witches were burned? No, no witches were burned. And some of the witches were men. Central aspects of this novel are ignored, while incidental details are tortured into foggy significance. When we get to Melville, the golden phrases are but pyrite, The title Moby-Dick is homoerotic? Please. I challenge the learned discussants to find one use of that word to mean penis prior to the writing of the novel. Homoerotic? How could such an interpretation find ground in the design of the novel? The men squeeze the ambergris? Ask Stubb about that. Slovenly, slovenly and irresponsible.
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