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Transcendentalism, Melville's Moby-Dick, and philosophical contradictions within the period.
Authors in addition to Melville may include Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Douglass, and Alcott.
Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered every third year.
(Humanities)

345. Late Nineteenth Century American Literature
Literary and cultural trends of the late-nineteenth century with a focus on the relationship
between literary and social movements of the time period. Authors may include Twain, James,
Whitman, Davis, Gilman, and Riis. Course may include a civic engagement component and/or
group research project investigating the role of literature in reform movements. Prerequisite:
writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

347. Modern American Literature: Encountering the Wilderness, Literature, and
Photo-Writing at the Boundary Waters (Wilderness Field Station, Minnesota)
The class will immerse ourselves in the glorious September outdoors, as we canoe, study
wilderness journals, literature, art and photography and consider the interplay between our own
encounters with the wilderness and the artworks about the wilderness that we study. We will
reflect upon art and meditation as ways of relating to the wilderness; we will keep
journals/portfolios of projects involving writing, literary analysis, meditation, and photography
(including a one-photo-a-day project inspired by Jim Brandenberg’s works). Open to seasoned
campers & neophytes. Registration entails additional costs, estimated $500. Prerequisite:
writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

350. American Nature Writers
Study of writers who share a concern with human relationships with nature, landscape, and the
environment. Authors may include Muir, Leopold, Dillard, Carson, Abbey, and Krakauer.
Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

351. Studies in African-American Literature
Study of African-American Literature and/or film. Topics may include African-American women
writers and directors. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: writing (W)
course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

361. Modern Poetry
Poetic trends in the first half of the twentieth century. Poets may include Eliot, Stevens,
Williams, Stein, Loy, Millay, Hughes, and H.D. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202,
or 215. (Humanities)

363. Contemporary Fiction
Intensive look at recent and experimental developments in fiction as represented by writers
such as Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston, Don DeLillo, and Tim
O'Brien. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

364. Contemporary Poetry
Poets whose work has come to prominence since 1950 and an overview of poetic trends in
America. Poets may include Lowell, Ginsberg, Ashbery, Rich, Plath, Olds, and Graham.
Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered every third year.
(Humanities)

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