American Literature, 1865--1945|
Spring 2019 not offered
|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, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Fanny Fern, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chesnutt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Meridel Le Sueur, 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." We will experience the aesthetic pleasures and critical pleasures of reading great writing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)
The following authors will be represented: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Fanny Fern, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chesnutt, Langston Hughes, F, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, Nathanael West, William Faulkner, Meridel Le Sueur, RIchard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.
|Examination 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 thinking-intensive course. Attendance at all TA discussion sections as well as at all lectures is required.