When students sit down to read a classic work of American Literature, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," a vast gulf of time and place separates them from the work. The Heidelberg English Department has begun to address that issue through a new website entitled Literary New England.
Literary New England provides context for works and authors of the New England Literary Renaissance of the mid-nineteenth century, through text and images related to the places, authors and texts of this important period in American literary history.
The site is in its opening stages, so just the pages related to writers and places around Concord, Massachusetts, are available. But that's enough to get readers started exploring authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
Most of the research and writing for the site is the work of Heidelberg English majors Liz Kurtzman '11, Mandy Stovicek '12, and Matt Echelberry '12. Photos of literary locations were the product of an Aigler summer research grant back in the summer of 2007.
Production of the site will continue, so readers are encouraged to check back for updates.
Questions or comments regarding the site should be directed to Dr. David Kimmel (firstname.lastname@example.org).