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Cornell University    
  Feb 20, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENGL 2030 - Introduction to American Literatures: Beginnings to the Civil War

(crosslisted) AMST 2030  
(HB) (LA-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits.

May be used as one of the three pre-1800 courses required of English majors.

S. Samuels.

This class surveys early literature produced in the United States, roughly from 1620 to 1865, and asks about religion and nationalism in the emerging republic. We will read some classic authors—such writers as William Bradford, Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne—and we will read their contemporaries—figures such as Sarah Kemble Knight, Judith Sargent Murray, Charles Brockden Brown, Catharine Sedgwick, and Olaudah Equiano.

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