Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

HON 419 - The Search for an American Voice: Huck Finn to Harlem


Prerequisite, acceptance to the University Honors Program, or consent of instructor. This course will explore how writers and composers have mined the vernacular in pursuit of an American style distinct from European practice. It begins with Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a new American voice, distinct from the "courtly muses" of Europe, and traces the development of that voice through Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, and Charles Ives into the 20th century urban voices of the Harlem Renaissance and George Gershwin. Students will attend special performances and lectures in conjunction with the Pacific Symphony's Ives and Gershwin festival. (Offered as needed.) 3 credits