This page provides a detailed calendar of course readings, sessions, and assignments.
|1||Democracy and Tradition||Jeffrey Stout, Democracy and Tradition, Introduction and Chapter 1
F.O. Matthiessen, "Method and Scope," from American Renaissance
Timothy Powell, Ruthless Democracy, "Introduction" (preview)
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"
Henry Highland Garnet, "An Address to the Slaves"
Walt Whitman, selections from Democratic Vistas
Handout: Major Types of Democracy (pdf)
|2||Democratic Pasts||Josiah Ober, "Historical Legacies: Moral Authority and the Usable Past"
Pericles's "Funeral Oration"
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
Daniel Webster, The Plymouth Oration
William Apess, "Eulogy on King Philip"
Library of Congress Exhibition: The Gettysburg Address
Gettysburg Address (video)
Lincoln's Legend & Legacy (video)
|3||Foundations of Democracy||Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Walter Benn Michaels, "Walden's False Bottoms"
Thoreau's Walden multimedia resources
|4||Puritan Legacies and Jacksonian Democracy||Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, through page 60 (Vol. 1)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables
Judith N. Shklar, "Hawthorne in Utopia"
Edward L. Widmer, "Democracy in Literature"
|5||Democracy and the Public Sphere||Jurgen Habermas, "Social Structures of the Public Sphere" (preview)
Nancy Fraser, "Rethinking the Public Sphere" (preview)
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Vol. 1-2)
Democracy in America (online resources)
|6||Transnational Spaces of Democracy||Anna Brickhouse, "Introduction: Transamerican Renaissance"
Daniel Webster, Bunker Hill Monument Address, Speech on the Panama Mission
Simon Bolivar, "The Jamaica Letter"
Paul Gilroy, "The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernity"
David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
|7||Democratic Discourse||Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, "Hegemony and Radical Democracy"
Iris Marion Young, "Inclusive Political Communication"
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglass, "The Ottawa Debate"
Sojourner Truth, "Ain't I a Woman"
Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Wendell Phillips, "Toussaint L'Ouverture"
"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (Time Magazine article)
|8||Mediating Democracy||Harvey Graff and John Duffy, "Literacy Myths"
Harvey Graff, "The Nineteenth-Century Origin of Our Times"
Michael Schudson, "Click Here for Democracy"
Sandra M. Gustafson, "Margaret Fuller and the Forms of Sentiment"
Margaret Fuller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century
|9||Democracy and The Book||Jorge Luis Borges, "On the Cult of Books"
Walter D. Mignolo, from "Signs and their Transmission"
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
|10||The Novel as Democratic Form||Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sandra Gustafson, "Democratic Fictions"
Jane Tompkins, "Sentimental Power"
|Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture (multi-media archive)
|11||Dramas of Race||Eric Lott, "Uncle Tomitudes: Racial Melodrama and Modes of Production"
Dion Boucicault, The Octoroon
William Wells Brown, Clotel
The Silent Film Still Archive: The Octoroon
|12||Outlaws in the Cultural Borderlands||John Rollin Ridge, The Life of Adventures of Joaquin Murieta
Shelley Streeby, "Joaquin Murieta and Popular Culture"
"Murieta" (movie clip)
|13||Dickinson and the Politics and Poetics of Medium||Emily Dickinson, selected poems
Susan Howe, "Flames and Generosities"
Betsy Erkilla, "The Emily Dickinson Wars"
Martha Nell Smith, "Dickinson's Manuscripts"
Browse The Dickinson Archive
|The Dickinson Archive
|14||Whitman and the Forms of Democracy||Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" (1855 edition), "Salut au Monde," "I Sing the Body Electric," "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," "Passage to India," "Prayer of Columbus"
Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Michael Moon, Allen Grossman, Betsy Erkilla, critical essays included in the Norton edition of Leaves of Grass
Kenneth Cmiel, "Whitman the Democrat"
Browse The Walt Whitman Archive
|The Walt Whitman Archive
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