The American Renaissance: Herman Melville
“The American Renaissance” (1840–1870) is the name given to the period when America’s first literary giants emerged. Herman Melville and Walt Whitman, who defined American individualism, created their epic works mid-century: Moby Dick in 1850, and the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855. In this class, we will study Melville’s Moby Dick (In class 2.2.6, see below, we will read Whitman’s Civil War poems from the later editions of Leaves of Grass: “Drum Taps” and “Memories of President Lincoln.”) You can take both courses or just one.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM