English | American Fiction to 1900
L355 | 16376 | Jonathan Elmer
L355 16376 AMERICAN FICTION TO 1900
9:30a-10:45a TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.
This course introduces students to a wide range of fiction from
nineteenth-century America. The goal is to make you familiar with
some of the most interesting and important aspects of American
literary history, and to promote interpretive understanding of that
history through both oral and written analyses. We will read a few
longer works, as well as a broad variety of short fiction. Students
can expect to read some work by many of the following authors:
Alcott, Bierce, Brown, Cable, Child, Crane, Dunbar, Davis, Douglass,
Harper, Hawthorne, Howells, Irving, James, Jewett, Melville, Norris,
Poe, Sedgwick, Spofford, Stoddard, and Twain.
Students will be responsible for one class presentation that
contextualizes the day’s reading and discussion, two longer
interpretive papers and a midterm and/or final.