Summer History & Literature Seminars

Violence in American History and Literature

Sunday, July 10 to Friday, July 15, 2022

Violence has been a constant of American life since the first encounter. From early Native-American captivity narratives, vigilantism to lynching, from agrarian violence to urban riots and labor conflict, the course examines the causes of the mayhem including ethnic and religious hatred as well as race and gender prejudice. Topics are developed and analyzed that receive only cursory treatment in survey courses. Topics may include domestic violence, westerns, revenge, “justified” violence, and the literary depiction of violence. Authors may include William Faulkner, Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louise Erdrich, Eudora Welty, Audrey Lorde, Stephen Crane, and Herman Melville.


Suzanne Hunter Brown

Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College

Dan Monroe

Associate Professor of History at Millikin University

Tuition & Fees


Audit (25 in-service hours): $694

Credit (2 semester hours master’s-level credit): $1304

Room & Board

Double-occupancy air conditioned room with semi-private bath and all meals: $475

Single-occupancy room with corridor bathroom and all meals: $475

Airport ground transportation between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the Ashland University campus is included at no additional charge.

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