Spring 2010

Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Listed in: English, as ENGL-62


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)


This course will regularly examine, from different historical and theoretical stances, the literary and cultural scene in nineteenth-century America. The goal of the course is to formulate new questions and possibilities for investigating the history and literature of the United States. The topic changes each time the course is taught. 

The topic for 2010 is EMILY DICKINSON.  “Experience is the Angled Road / Preferred against the Mind / By–Paradox–the Mind itself–” she explained in one poem and in this course we will make use of the resources of the town of Amherst to play experience and mind off each other in our efforts to come to terms with her elusive poetry.  The course will meet in the Dickinson Homestead, visit the Evergreens (her brother Austen’s house, and a veritable time capsule), make use of Dickinson manuscripts in the College archives, and set her work in the context of other nineteenth-century writers including Helen Hunt Jackson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and Harriet Jacobs.  But as we explore how Dickinson’s poetry responds to her world we will also ask how it can speak to our present.  One major project of the course will be to develop exhibits and activities for the Homestead that will help visitors engage with her poems.  One class meeting per week.

Recommended requisite: English 61. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 12 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Sánchez-Eppler.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English majors.


Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010