Literary Nationalism (Week 7)
Please define for me literary nationalism and how it worked in America during the early 19th century. Please feel free to search for this term on the Internet. Once you have defined literary nationalism, please explain for me how that works or doesn’t work in either of the Washington Irving stories we read Week 4: “Rip Van Winkle” or “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Explain your answer in detail and use specific examples from the text. Remember: to cite and reference any sources that you may use, including the primary text itself. Use MLA formatting and standards.
Final Exam Discussion Questions (Weeks 8 & 9)
Final Discussion Question #1
Which one of these two African American authors, Frederick Douglass, in Narrative of the Life, or Harriet Jacobs, in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, most clearly, most definitively, most movingly portrays the experience of a former slave? It is up to you to decide, so please defend your answer well.
Final Discussion Question #2
The poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman has been described as being emotionally opposite to each other. Dickinson’s poetry seems at times colder and more critical; whereas Whitman’s poetry conversely seems warm and expansive. First of all, do you agree? If so, then, develop for me a case that one of them or both are representative of American literature. Make your case and defend it.
These responses are due Friday, at the end of week 9.