English | American Literature 1800-1900
L653 | 16375 | Gutjahr

L653 16375  GUTJAHR (#4)
American Literature 1800-1900

9:30a– 10:45a TR

Taking a page out of American Idol’s book, this course will look at
well-known (and some little-known) nineteenth-century “hits”and
attempt to make them our own.  The reading, by necessity, will be
heavy.  We will do extensive primary source work in a number of
genres including drama, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing.
At the same time, we will study these primary sources in conjunction
with literary critical material to familiarize ourselves with the
current and past debates rooted in many of these primary works.  The
name of the game will be familiarization with some of the grand
literary themes and movements of the nineteenth century.  Aside from
helping to lead class discussions, students will be expected to
complete a few shorter writing assignments, as well as a longer
bibliographic/critical paper due at the end of the semester.

Authors which might be studied include: Charles Brockden Brown,
Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Frederick Douglass, Edgar
Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Catharine Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher
Stowe, Robert Bird, Henry Longfellow, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman,
Elizabeth Stoddard, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Mark
Twain and William Dean Howells.  If they come in time, suggestions
are welcome.

Students who wish to get ahead (and give themselves a bit of
breathing space during the semester) may wish to read _Moby-Dick_
and _Uncle Tom's Cabin_ over the summer.