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American Literature I (NYU Open Education). Instructor: Professor Cyrus Patell. 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

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Moby-Dick (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The Literature of Settlement Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – American Puritanism (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – American Puritanism (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – American Puritanism (III) Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – American Neoclassicism Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Edwards and the Transition to Enlightenment Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The American Enlightenment Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – American Gothic (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – American Gothic (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – American Gothic (III) Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – American Transcendentalism (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – American Transcendentalism (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – American Transcendentalism (III) Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – American Transcendentalism (IV) Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – American Transcendentalism (V) Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Frederick Douglass Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Nathaniel Hawthorne (I) Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Nathaniel Hawthorne (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Moby-Dick (II) Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Moby-Dick (III) Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Moby-Dick (IV) Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Moby-Dick (V) Unlimited

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