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This course is a survey of American literature and literary history, from the early colonial period to the eve of the Civil War. Our goal will be to acquire a grasp of the canon of American literature as it is typically conceived and the various logics behind its construction.

Topics to be considered include: the rise of “literature” as a discipline unto itself; the meaning of American individualism; the conflict between liberty and equality in American social thought; the mythology of American exceptionalism; the relation between history and cultural mythology; the dialectic of freedom and slavery in American rhetoric; the American obsession with race; the ideology of domesticity and its link to the sentimental; the aesthetics of American romance; the role of biography in literary criticism and historiography; the nature of the “American Renaissance”; what it means to say “NO in thunder!” and why so many American writers seem to say it; deliberative democracy and cosmopolitanism.

Cyrus Patell: American Literature, From the Beginnings to the Civil War New York University

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This course is a survey of American literature and literary history, from the early colonial period to the eve of the Civil War. Our goal will be to acquire a grasp of the canon of American literature as it is typically conceived and the various logics behind its construction.

Topics to be considered include: the rise of “literature” as a discipline unto itself; the meaning of American individualism; the conflict between liberty and equality in American social thought; the mythology of American exceptionalism; the relation between history and cultural mythology; the dialectic of freedom and slavery in American rhetoric; the American obsession with race; the ideology of domesticity and its link to the sentimental; the aesthetics of American romance; the role of biography in literary criticism and historiography; the nature of the “American Renaissance”; what it means to say “NO in thunder!” and why so many American writers seem to say it; deliberative democracy and cosmopolitanism.

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    Introduction

    Introduction

    Cyrus Patell, american literature, from the beginnings to the civil war, New York University, NYU, OpenEd, Open Ed, Open, Education, introduction

    • 1h 12 min
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    Moby-Dick (I)

    Moby-Dick (I)

    • 1h 14 min
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    The Literature of Settlement

    The Literature of Settlement

    Cyrus Patell, american literature, from the beginnings to the civil war, New York University, NYU, OpenEd, Open Ed, Open, Education, literature of settlement

    • 1h 14 min
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    American Puritanism (I)

    American Puritanism (I)

    Cyrus Patell, american literature, from the beginnings to the civil war, New York University, NYU, OpenEd, Open Ed, Open, Education, american puritanism, one, herman melville, hawthorne

    • 1h 16 min
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    American Puritanism (II)

    American Puritanism (II)

    Cyrus Patell, american literature, from the beginnings to the civil war, New York University, NYU, OpenEd, Open Ed, Open, Education, american puritanism, two, john winthrop, mary rowlandson

    • 1h 13 min
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    American Puritanism (III)

    American Puritanism (III)

    Cyrus Patell, american literature, from the beginnings to the civil war, New York University, NYU, OpenEd, Open Ed, Open, Education, american puritanism, three, anne bradstreet, michael wigglesworth, edward taylor

    • 1h 14 min

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