American Literature, 1865-1945: The Americanization of Power|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
We will explore not only the complexities of American literature from the 1860s to 1940s but also how this literature is usable today and excels as a critical resource that can advance our understanding of the modern Americanization of power (put narrowly, a "democratic" capitalism that pulled off and contrived to maintain systemic class, gender, and ethnoracial hierarchies). As we unpack the relationship of literary form and social form, we will trace connections between historical developments such as the gothic genre and gender ideologies, domestic romance and the social reproduction of labor, realism and mass-urbanism, naturalism and immigration, modernism and imperialism, and narrative experimentation and anti-racism. The creative works of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chesnutt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, Nathanael West, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston will help equip us to be more imaginative readers of literature, ourselves, and what America was and might be. While contemplating this, we will savor the pleasures of reading inspiring and transformative writing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
The following authors will be represented: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Fanny Fern, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chesnutt, Langston Hughes, F, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, Nathanael West, William Faulkner, Meridel Le Sueur, RIchard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Mid-semester quiz and essay; end of term quiz and essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the American Literature concentration for the English major. Also, it satisfies the pre-1900 requirement for the American Studies major and, as the AMST website notes, is a recommended course for students interested in majoring in American Studies. This is a thinking-intensive course. Attendance at all TA discussion sections as well as at all lectures is required.
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