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S16C7 The Dark Worlds of Poe, Hawthorne & Melville

Description: Herman Melville wrote that the stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, his fellow author and temporary neighbor, conveyed the "great power of blackness." This course will examine the implications of that observation as it relates to the fiction not only of Hawthorne, but of Poe and Melville himself. Among the stories for consideration are Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" and "William Wilson," Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad" and "The Birthmark," and Melville's "Benito Cereno." All the assigned readings for the course are widely available in print form and/or digitally.

Suggested Reading: Titles listed above.

Instructor: LLI member Robin McNallie grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. and received an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and a graduate degree in English from Princeton. For 33 years, before his retirement in 1998, he taught courses in literature, film, and writing at JMU.

Course participants may park in the JMU parking lot without a parking pass for the duration of this course.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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