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FYSE1106

Roads Less Traveled

Roads Less Traveled: Literature and Cultures of Northern New England
Is there really a culture unique to northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)? How has the literature from the region expressed that culture? How true are the myths of a pristine world of small towns, beautiful landscapes, and austere and ironic Yankees? In this seminar we will consider these questions and others through various modes of inquiry (readings, film, visitors to class, trips). We will read literary antecedents (Emerson, Thoreau, Frost) as well as more contemporary treatments that make use of the Yankee archetype in telling their stories (John Irving, Howard Frank Mosher, Ernest Hebert, Carolyn Chute). 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW LIT NOR

Sections

Fall 2009

FYSE1106A-F09 Seminar (Lindholm)

Fall 2005

FYSE1106A-F05 Seminar (Lindholm)