Literary Masterpieces

L214 — Fall 2019

Jonathan Elmer
Days and Times
1:00p-2:15p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Year of Genius - 1856

In this class we will read three masterpieces published in 1856:  Gustave Flaubert’s scandalizing novel, Madame Bovary, Walt Whitman’s un­precedented collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, and Herman Melville’s collection of short works, Piazza tales, which includes ”Bartleby the Scrivener” and other amaz­ing tales. We’ll take some trips to the Lilly Library to look at primary materials. Our emphasis will be on deep un­derstanding and unrestrained pleasure.

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