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ENGL 545 Hawthorne and Melville (Humanities Elective)

(3 credits) 

The course is a close study of two major American authors of the mid 19th century, with an eye to their differing techniques in dealing with similar themes; in particular, the power of passion of human behavior and a generally tragic sense of life. Since at least for a time these two authors were in close personal contact with each other and were inspired by each other’s works, the course would use biographical information, as well as critical theory, to help illuminate the works in question. Class time would combine brief lectures with vigorous class discussion, with an emphasis on close readings of major texts.