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ENGL405: The American Renaissance

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This course explores the American Renaissance period, focusing on the development of various literary forms and themes. Students will learn about the historical context, evolution of poetic and narrative forms, and key societal issues of the time. The course aims to enhance students' understanding of American literature and culture during this period. The teaching method includes lectures, readings, discussions, and a final exam. This course is designed for students interested in American literature, history, and culture.


  • Course Introduction
  • Unit 1: The American Renaissance in Context
  • Unit 2: Continuity and Change in Poetic Form
  • Unit 3: The Invention of the Short Story
  • Unit 4: The Development of the Novel and its Various Forms
  • Unit 5: Nature and Technology: Creating and Challenging American Identity
  • Unit 6: The Question of Women's Place in Society
  • Unit 7: The Slavery Controversy and Abolitionist Literature
  • Study Guide
  • Course Feedback Survey
  • Certificate Final Exam


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