Skip to content Skip to navigation

Literature of the American Renaissance: 1850-1855

Between 1850 and 1855, some of the most influential works of 19th-century American literature were published: Melville¿s Moby-Dick, Hawthorne¿s The Scarlet Letter, Stowe¿s Uncle Tom¿s Cabin, Thoreau¿s Walden, Douglass¿s My Bondage and My Freedom, and Whitman¿s Leaves of Grass. Under pressure to invent a literature commensurate with the anomalies of American life, these writers achieved an astonishing degree of formal novelty. We will look closely at the ensuing difficulties of interpretation and their significance as precursors of literary modernism.

Course ID: 
216 718

Section Information