American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War|
Fall 2021 not offered
This is a lecture course that introduces American literature and culture through the middle of the 19th century while also attending closely to a small number of significant texts. We will concern ourselves with the major (and some minor) political questions, with the reconstruction of historical ideologies, and with the relationship between textual nuance and large-scale social transformation. We will proceed as both close readers and historical synthesizers, one eye focused on the minute details of our readings and the other trained on the slowly emerging outline of a history of "American Literature."
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Mary Rowlandson, THE SOVEREIGNTY AND GOODNESS OF GOD (2d ed., Bedford) ISBN 9781319048815
Phillis Wheatley, COMPLETE WRITINGS (Penguin) ISBN 9780140424300
Benjamin Franklin, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND OTHER WRITINGS (Penguin) ISBN 9780142437605
Olaudah Equiano, THE INTERESTING NARRATIVE (Penguin) ISBN 9780142437162
David Walker, DAVID WALKER'S APPEAL (Penn State UP) ISBN 9780271019949
Frederick Douglass, MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM (W.W. Norton) ISBN 9780393923636
Herman Melville, BILLY BUDD, BARTLEBY, AND OTHER STORIES (Penguin) ISBN 9780143107606
Walt Whitman, LEAVES OF GRASS, 1855 EDITION (Penguin) ISBN 9780140421996
Additional readings include the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, The Federalist, and short texts by Fanny Fern and Emily Dickinson. Supplementary work by critics and historians will also be assigned.
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2 essay exams
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Class trip to Special Collections in Olin Library
This course fulfills the Literary History II requirement and contributes to the American Literature concentration of the English major and is recommended by the American Studies major as a pre-1900 course that introduces students to a wide range of cultural and historical as well as literary concerns.
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