American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War|
In this introduction to American literature and culture through the mid-19th century, we move from earliest narratives of European conquest of the New World to meditations on slavery, industrialization, and imperialism, readings will span the full range of genres. We will begin by considering the role of "America" (both the idea and the real continents) in world history; the questions we raise will return often as we look closely at the literature. Whether sermon, imperial report to the metropole, memoir, poem, or novel, the forms of our texts differentiate them as much as their content sometimes unites them; therefore we will also examine the consequences, both political and aesthetic, of literary conventions.
Students will sharpen their interpretive abilities through careful reading and directed writing assignments.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Among many others: Columbus, Hakluyt, Winthrop, Rowlandson, Edwards, Franklin, Wheatley, Crevecoeur, Equiano, Rowson, Charles Brockden Brown, Irving, David Walker, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Margaret Fuller, Melville, Douglass, Dickinson.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two medium-length papers (5-7pp.), two exams, two short reading exercises (3pp.).
|Instructor(s): Garrett,Matthew Carl Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: PAC002; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 65||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 27||FR: 18|
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