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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

ENGL 72.01 The Civil War in Literature

Although Walt Whitman famously claimed that “the real war will never get into the books,” the American Civil War did in fact call forth a vast range of literary responses, in genres as diverse as poetry, popular song, novels and other prose genres. In this course, we will examine how literature depicts the war, and especially how it grapples with Whitman’s claim that there is something unrepresentable about the war’s carnage. Readings may include Walt Whitman’s Drum Taps (1872), Herman Melville’s Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War(1866), Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry, Louisa May Alcott’s “Hospital Sketches” (1869) and excerpts from Little Women (1869), Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage (1895).




Four completed major courses or instructor permission

Distributive and/or World Culture


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Not offered 2017-18; May be offered 2018-19

Department-Specific Course Categories

Course Group II