Honors | Best Sellers in America: 1791-Present
H203 | 6666 | Paul Gutjahr


This course will explore American literary culture through the lens
of novels and other types of writing which have sold extraordinary
well in the United States over the past two centuries. By looking at
the best selling literary works beginning with Charlotte Temple
(1791)and moving through J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (1997), we will
investigate not only why these narratives gained such popularity,
but also what relationship they have had to American politics, fine
arts, gender relations, racial tensions, motion pictures and
religion. The course will involve considerable reading, written
assignments of various types,and quizzes.