Spring 2019 - ENGL 347 D100

Studies in American Literature before 1900 (4)

Class Number: 1669

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10655, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of selected works of American literature written before 1900. This course may survey a particular era or topic, and may be organized by various critical issues or approaches. Students with credit for ENGL 344 or 348 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will focus on the foils provided by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Emily Dickinson’s Collected Poems, which together offer macro and micro manifestations of nineteenth century American literatures. What we will likely find is a number of reversals or dialectical inversions: Melville’s maximality comes to depend on the micro detail, and Dickinson’s microscopic observations open onto “firmaments.” We will follow Melville and Dickinson with Frederick Douglas’s Narrative and essays by Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.


  • Participation 10%
  • Melville chapter report (500 words) 15%
  • Dickinson poem report (500 words) 15%
  • Short essay (expanding one of these reports) (1000 words) 25%
  • Essay (2000 words) 35%



Herman Melville, Moby Dick
ISBN: 978-0-393-28500-0

Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson
ISBN: 978-0674018242

Frederick Douglass, The Narrtaive of the LIfe of Frederick Douglass

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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