American Literature, 1865-1945|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
Together we will explore not only the complexities of American literature from the 1860s to the 1940s but how this literature excels as a usable critical resource that can advance our understanding of how America has "ticked" as a culture; a socioeconomic system that established and sought to maintain class, gender, and racial difference and a political power structure. In our ongoing analyses of 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, and modernism and imperialism. 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 America. This literature offers us expansive insights into what was at stake in America's production of "the modern." And while contemplating this, we will experience the pleasures of reading great writing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
The following authors will be represented: 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.
|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 reading--and thinking--intensive course. Attendance at all TA discussion sections as well as at all lectures is required.
|Instructor(s): Pfister,Joel Times: .M.W.F. 12:00PM-12:50PM; Location: SHAN107; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 80||SR major: 3||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 20||FR: 45|
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