This course focuses on important writers and texts who influenced the social and cultural context of nineteenth-century America from the "renaissance" through the realist period to the beginning of early Modernism. Emphasis is placed on poetry, prose, and prose fiction and to such themes as freedom, individualism, idealism, materialism, and the environmental imagination. Among the writers studied are Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Fuller, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, and James. 05-09-2018-28-11-2018 Lecture Wednesday 01:30PM - 04:30PM, Health Sciences Bldg, Room 105