American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War|
Fall 2019 not offered
This lecture course marks a path through American literature, moving from European fantasies and narratives of the conquest of the New World to representations of slavery, industrialization, and U.S. national expansion. 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 examine the consequences, both political and aesthetic, of literary conventions. We will pay special attention to the relationship between texts and images (illustration, painting, iconography).
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 9th edition, vols. A and B
Authors will include, among others: Samson Occom, Poe, Melville, Dickinson, Franklin, Wheatley, Irving, Emerson, Thoreau, Mary Rowlandson, Equiano, Jefferson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Judith Sargent Murray, Columbus, Cabeza de Vaca, Fanny Fern, Martin Delany, Willliam Apess, David Walker.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exam. Class visits to Special Collections in Olin Library to examine and discuss early editions of key texts.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History II requirement and contributes to the American Literature concentration of the English major and is recommended by the American Studies major as a pre-1900 course that introduces students to a wide range of cultural and historical as well as literary concerns.
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