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ENGL 367 - 19th-Century American Novel


FDR: HL
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 299. A reading of major American novelists, focusing especially on Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne.  We also consider the relationship between the novel and punishment, especially in the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Lippard, and William Wells Brown.  Additionally, we read fictions during the second half of the century by Twain, Chopin, and Chesnutt. Winter 2018: The Nineteenth Century and Its Shadow.  This course explores canonical American literature from the nineteenth century alongside a small selection of contemporary literary and cinematic texts that call on and intervene with this body of work.  Following Toni Morrison’s charge that the contemplation of a black presence “is central to any understanding of our national literature and should not be permitted to hover at the margins of the literary imagination,” this course focuses on how ideas of race are explored throughout the canon and how they have been carried forward.  Works considered come from, among others, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Stephen Spielberg, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Jacobs, Quentin Tarantino, Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Staff.




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