"American Mourning" - Freshman Seminar
- Nathan David Leahy
- University Hall 018 - MoWeFr 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Overview of classThis considers the universal experience of mourning and grieving as it is represented in major works of American literature. We will be especially concerned with how the emotional labor of the grieving processwhether it is grieving over a death, grieving over a lost opportunity, or grieving over the loss of abilityis related, in these literary works, to the establishment and/or strengthening of community (national) and universalizing (transnational) feelings of affiliation, affection, solidarity, and sympathy. This will lead us to consider what various kinds of opportunities arise from the public representation of individual grief.
Evaluation MethodThree formal essay assignments, weekly 1-2 page response papers, regular attendance with active participation in class discussion
NUMBER OF WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND THEIR LENGTHS: three 5-6 page papers and eight weekly response papers of 1-2 pages in length
Class Materials (Required)Anne Bradstreet, selected poetry; Thomas Jefferson, selections from Notes on the State of Virginia; Edgar Allan Poe, selected poetry and stories; Walt Whitman, selected poetry; Sarah Orne Jewett, Country of the Pointed Firs; F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night; Jack Kerouac, On the Road; Allan Ginsberg, "Howl"; Toni Morrison, Beloved
Class NotesNathan Leahy is a lecturer in the English department, where he teaches and writes about 19th and 20th century American literature. Specific areas of interest include: financial panic novels, spy thrillers, utopian and dystopian writing, critical theory, and the 1920s and 1930s.
Enrollment RequirementsEnrollment Requirements: Reserved for Freshmen and Sophomores
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