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ENGL2330 MARRS, CODY TR 12:30 PM 0144


“We are a country,” Frederick Douglass once remarked, “of all extremes, ends, and opposites; the most conspicuous example of composite nationality in the world.” That heterogeneity—or, as Douglass puts it, “compositeness”—stretches back to the origins of the New World and ensures that there is no single, discrete history of American literature. Rather, American literary history is defined by multiple themes and tendencies. In this class, we will examine some of those themes, focusing on six major writers: Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and Edgar Allan Poe.