Here's the syllabus for Politics in American Literature. A week before classes began, I learned that Lillie Devereux Blake's Fettered for Life has gone out of print, which is most regretful. As a consequence, there is hole in the center of the reading list that we will fill with various short readings.
This seminar is listed with a graduate as well as an undergraduate number. I've defined "their circle" in different ways over the years. This time, we study mentors and friends such as Sampson Reed, W.E. Channing, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott.
In this twice-listed graduate/undergraduate seminar, most classes featured one or two students leading discussion by reading or otherwise presenting one of their many "perspicuity papers." We placed two desks, at the front of the room, with myself at one and the student or two at the other. The desks faced tablet chairs arranged in a circle. This seating arrangement, with students informally presenting short papers daily, helped generate a lot of good, easy class discussion.
I've taught this in the fall every even-numbered year since 2000. Here is the Fall 2004 edition. It will run again in the Fall of 2006; I am still working on the reading list and book order for the forthcoming section.