Proseminar: American Poetry of the 19th Century

Dozentin: Christina Caupert M.A.
Termin: Fr. 15.45-17.15 Uhr
Raum: 1003

Very different kinds of poetry were created in the United States during the 19th century. Thematically, the topics covered ranged from more universal experiences like encountering nature and the vast American landscapes, love and death, and religious doubts or devotion to topical political issues such as slavery or the “Indian question”. Regarding the poems’ language, style and form, many poets modelled their works on European literature, which they regarded as exemplary and far more advanced, while others tried to create a kind of poetry that was unique, innovative and specifically American.
In this seminar, we will discuss poems from a variety of schools and styles. Poets to be dealt with include Lydia Sigourney, William Cullen Bryant, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Introductory course

Scheinerwerb: timely fulfillment of reading and homework assignments, regular attendance, active participation in class, presentation, term paper

Einführende Lektüre bzw. Textgrundlagen:
The poems will be available as master copies from October at the Amerikanistik office (room 4064).
Zapf, Hubert, ed. Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2004.