Quakerism in 18th and 19th century American literature
This FREE online course explores the influence of Quakerism on 18th and 19th century American writers, as well as the representations of Quaker characters in fiction of the period – sometimes good, sometimes bad! You will encounter the good Quaker abolitionists of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Nathan Slaughter, the murderous Quaker in Nick of the Woods. The course will have 5 sessions, spread over 10 weeks to allow time for reading. No previous experience of literary study is necessary – just come prepared to explore and enjoy.
We will read five texts together – Nick of the Woods, selections from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, some poetry by Walt Whitman and “The Gentle Boy” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.
To join the course, click on the button below. You will be directed to our Moodle online learning site. If you do not have an existing Moodle account you will be asked to create one.
James Peacock is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literatures at Keele University, where he is currently researching the relationship between Quakerism and American literature, 1780-1900.
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