Major and selected minor writers and literary trends from 1800 to 1865.
ENGL 251 (Introduction to English Studies) & ENGL 293 (American Literary History) & ENGL 295 (Writing Literary Criticism); or ENGL 251 (Introduction to English Studies) & ENGL 294 (Transatlantic Literary History) & ENGL 295 (Writing Literary Criticism).
Course Outline: 
Lesson 1: American Romanticism and Transcendentalism
Lesson 2: American Romantic History and Pseudo-History
Lesson 3: Mordecai M. Noah and Romantic American Drama
Lesson 4: James Fenimore Cooper: Romanticizing History, Romanticizing America
Lesson 5: Catharine Sedgwick: Remaking the Present through an Idealized Past
Lesson 6: Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Transcendental Prophet
Lesson 7: Margaret Fuller and Transcendent Democracy
Lesson 8: Henry David Thoreau and the Transcendent Self
Lesson 9: Louisa May Alcott and the Transcendent Family
Lesson 10: Poe, Poetry, and the American Short Story
Lesson 11: Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Romantic Master
Lesson 12: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, and the Romantic American Community
Lesson 13: Herman Melville and the Romantic American Isolato
Lesson 14: Walt Whitman, Romantic Poet-Prophet of American Democracy
Lesson 15: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Birth of American Realism
Lesson 16: Anna Mowatt, Dion Boucicault, and the Realist American Stage
Lesson 17: Harriet Jacobs and Realist Autobiography
Lesson 18: Emily Dickinson, Ageless Realist