19th century American Literature : Transcendentalism - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

19th century American Literature : Transcendentalism

Crédits ECTS : 6.0

Volume horaire CM : 12.0

Volume horaire TD : 12.0

Code ELP : MIA2Y27

Composante : UFR Langues et Civilisations

Période de l'année : Printemps

Formes d'enseignement : Non accessible à distance


This seminar will explore the relations between Transcendentalism and various reform movements and utopian projects of the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s, in the areas of religion, education, women's rights, socialism, pacificism, and abolitionism. Special emphasis will be placed on three themes: 1) the religious and philosophical roots of the idea of human perfectibility; 2) the self-image of the age (the nineteenth-century as the Age of Progress), and its critics; 3) the tension between individual and collective ideals of reform.


Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Prose and Poetry, Norton Critical Edition. ISBN: 0393967921.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Resistance to Civil Government, Norton Critical Edition. ISBN: 0393959058.

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