WebQuest: Nathaniel Hawthornes The Blithedale Romance
Overview: In this
WebQuest, you will explore sites related to Hawthornes The Blithedale Romance as well as related sites about the Brook Farm Community and the Utopian movement. First you will read resources that will give you some general information about the Brook Farm experiment. This is the model that Hawthorne uses to create his fictional account of the utopian communities.
Read about the general utopian community movement in nineteenth-century America.
Fruitlands and Bronson Alcotts participation in utopian communities.
Explore further information about Fruitlands as well as Charles Fourier whose philosophy greatly influenced utopian communities.
Farm and look at a
map of the community.
Based on your understanding of Transcendentalism and your research about the utopian movement, explore one or two reasons that Hawthorne cites as failures in the Brook farm experiment. Using the novel and the resources in the WebQuest, discuss your reasons with some depth. See the Essay Guidelines for more detail about research, sources, length requirements, and documentation. Essay due to Dr. Dwyer via email by Wednesday, January 30, at 3:00 p.m.
"American Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide" was produced by students in ENGL 446, American Transcendentalism, and ENGL 447, American Literature and the Prominence of Place: A Travel Practicum. These courses were team-taught in the Department of English at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Spring 2002 by Dr. Patricia Dwyer and Dr. Linda Tate. For more information on the course and the web project, visit "About This Site." İ 2003 Linda Tate.