VL U.S. Cultural and Literary History: The 19th Century



Time and place

  • Thu 16:15-17:45, Room KH 0.016 (exclude vac) ICS


  • MA North American Studies: Überblicksmodul
  • MA The Americas/Las Américas: Wahlpflichtmodul 3b; Modul 7
  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul B Culture oder Literature
  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Optionsmodul L-GYM Literature


This lecture gives a historical overview of 19th-century U.S. culture and literature from the Early National period, the Romantic period, which is also known as the American Renaissance or the Age of Transcendentalism, to the Realistic and Naturalistic period, the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. We will focus on topics such as nationhood, antebellum culture, slavery and the Civil War, ethnic, urban, and mass culture. A multi-perspectival approach will lead us to consider the transatlantic and hemispheric dimensions of U.S. culture(s) and literature(s) between “high” and “popular” streams.