HIST 350

American Transcendentalism

The subject of the course is the New England Transcendentalists and their critics. Assigned readings include Emerson's Essays, Thoreau's Walden, Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance, as well as other primary source documents on Transcendentalism and the Brook Farm community. The approach is interdisciplinary, and students with an interest in literature, philosophy, or religion are especially welcome. Previous work in history is not required.