Race and Place in Early American Writing|
Fall 2020 not offered
This semester, we will examine early American texts that are preoccupied with the intersection between the unsettled (and often unsettling) categories of race and place. In the wake of colonial contact and in the midst of chattel slavery, people in varying positions of power and subjection took to the pen in order to reify or resist white supremacy and its attendant discursive and physical violence and violation. With an eye toward the strategic uses of memory and witnessing by those who were displaced and/or enslaved, we will read primary texts from the 17th to the mid-19th century that were written by people of color. To conceptualize race and nation is to think relationally, so we will also take up texts about people of color, which are often animated by the seductive effects of nostalgia and sentimentality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Literature)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, THE SONG OF HIAWATHA (1855), ISBN: 978-1543012927
Royall Tyler, THE ALGERINE CAPTIVE (1797), ISBN: 978-0375760341
Harriet Wilson, OUR NIG (1859), ISBN: 978-0143105763
Frederick Douglass, THE HEROIC SLAVE, ISBN: 978-0300184624
Giles Gunn, ed., EARLY AMERICAN WRITING, ISBN: 978-0140390872
Harriet Jacobs, INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A presentation on one of the assigned texts.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History 2 and Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes to the American Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations of the English major.
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