American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War|
An introduction to American literature and culture through the mid-nineteenth century. As we move from earliest narratives of European conquest of the New World to meditations on industrialization, 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. Special attention to the writings of, among others, Winthrop, Rowlandson, Edwards, Wheatley, Equiano, Poe, Melville, Fuller, and Dickinson.
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-Amer Lit)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Among 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.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two medium-length papers (5-7pp.) and two exams.
|Instructor(s): Garrett,Matthew Carl Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: JUDD116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 60||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 27||FR: 13|