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|American Literature and Nature: Claiming the Self||012A||2 Credits|
|American Literature and Nature: Claiming the Self/Honors||012B||2 Credits|
The American sense of self, individuality, nonconformity, “rugged individualism,” and freedom of self-expression is often connected with the American landscape itself; with open and sparsely inhabited spaces; with rivers, mountains, fields, and forests; with nature in all its diversity. American authors have associated great spiritual power and symbolic meaning with nature. This course celebrates works of nineteenth and twentieth century writers from a variety of regions and cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with readings from (among others): Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Twain, Whitman, Dickinson, Chestnutt, Melville, Chopin, Jewett, Faulkner, and Silko. Students will be encouraged to develop their own understandings of the natural world as a symbol in literature and the connection of the natural world to the search for the true self.
Curriculum Map for American Literature and Nature: Claiming the Self